Conference is cancelled due to COVID-19.

NCAIR 2020 Annual Conference March 15-18, 2020
THEME: Institutional Researchers: On the 19th Green

The 2020 NCAIR annual conference registration

2020 Pinehurst conference theme

LOCATION: The 2020 NCAIR annual conference will be held at the Pinehurst Resort, NC from March 15 – 18, 2020. The Pinehurst Resort will provide us a fabulous conference center, excellent catering, and beautiful rooms nestled in a charming village among gorgeous scenery, providing many opportunities for work and play.

Hotel Info:

Pinehurst Resort
80 Carolinas Drive
Pinehurst, NC  28374

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A room block is reserved at the Pinehurst Resort with a rate of $130 + resort fee $13.00 = $143 + taxes per night for the nostalgic Carolina Hotel or the elegant mystique of the Holly and Magnolia Inns.  Reservations can be made by calling the resort at 800-487-4653 and asking for NCAIR 2020 room block. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, February 14th or until the group block is full, whichever comes first. 

CONFERENCE DETAILS: Our pre-conference activities begin on Sunday, March 15, at 6 pm with a service project and informal reception.  This is a wonderful way to reconnect with everyone and do something good for the community. Pre-conference continues with workshops on Monday, March 16 (more information to follow). The conference kicks off with a Welcome Reception at 5 pm on Monday, March 16th.  This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues after checking in.

Pre-conference Workshop Offerings:

Note:  Please register for the conference and any workshops that you wish to attend at the NCAIR Registration Site , but register for the FREE IPEDS workshop at IPEDS Workshop Online Registration

Workshop Descriptions:

Be on your “A” Game for SACSCOC Reporting: A Panel Discussion with Q&A and Breakout Sessions

Do you have questions on SACSCOC reporting? This workshop will be led by a panel from 2 year and 4 year schools (both public and private) as well as those who have served as reviewers. The workshop will cover various SACSCOC reporting requirements – Compliance Certification, Fifth-Year Report, Substantive Change, and more. The conversation will include topics like campus preparation, personnel involvement, document organization, content review, and timing. Bring your questions and any solutions you want to share about IE, faculty credentials, student learning outcomes, etc.
Tee Time 8:30am, Monday, March 16. (3 hour workshop)

Storytelling through Data Visualization – Hitting a Hole in One

Do you want to make your data more impactful, interesting, clear, and engaging? Do you want to inspire action, inform decisions, or change minds? Storytelling with data is one way to do that. In this hands-on, interactive workshop you will learn how to:

  • Structure your story in three acts
  • Develop your characters, hook, action, and resolution with an audience in mind
  • Apply storytelling techniques to your data
  • Create data stories using four different data visualization platforms

Please bring a laptop with one or more of the following programs installed: Excel, Power BI, SAS, or Tableau. Data and other materials will be provided for you to use in hands-on activities.
Tee Time 1:30pm, Monday, March 16. (3 hour workshop)

UNC System Office Data Marts Workshop: (no cost)

If you use or integrate UNC system data in your role, this half-day session may be for you! If your role is institutional research or other business or data analysis, or you develop or support related IT systems at University of North Carolina institutions using UNC system data, we need your input. This is a UNC System Data Mart users group meeting to discuss current capabilities and future roadmaps for student, human resources, and finance data, and related IT systems. It will include a discussion of Data Mart, the Insight reporting and analytics platform, and data science initiatives for UNC institutions. Related data engineering and systems integration topics will be discussed, as will other relevant people, process, or tools topics brought by the participants.
We look forward to hearing your input on this course – chip in often to score low (and putt for dough) on Monday, March 16 from 1:00pm-4:30pm.

IPEDS workshop: (no cost)

Register for the FREE IPEDS workshop at IPEDS Workshop Online Registration. 

This workshop is designed for individuals interested in utilizing IPEDS data to examine and measure student and institutional success. The first half of the workshop explores the five IPEDS surveys that contain academic performance metrics (Completions, Graduation Rates, 200% Graduation Rates, Fall Enrollment, and Outcome Measures). Through group discussion, activities, and lectures, participants will learn what the measurements can—and cannot—tell us about student and institutional performance. The second half of the workshop will involve hands-on activities to work through a series of case studies based on real-life scenarios. Participants will identify the question being asked in each case study; determine the best metric(s) to use to answer the question; extract data using the IPEDS tools; perform analyses; and present the data to answer the question. Participants will gain the knowledge needed to explore and answer questions at their institutions or organizations.
This is a one day workshop 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday, March 16.


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Conference sponsorship opportunities are available. Currently, the following sponsors have committed to the success of the 2020 NCAIR Conference:



Lunch Speaker

Daniel Cape

Daniel Cape is a creativity scholar and trainer who operates his business Experience to Creativity out of Boone, North Carolina. His approach to creativity is providing people with fun learning experiences and simplifying creativity so that participants can understand and apply it to all aspects of their work and lives. He derives his creativity from unique life experiences that include serving as a combat engineer officer in the Army National Guard, leading experiential learning programs in the United States and internationally, and from over 15 years as a caricature artist. Daniel has a master’s degree in experiential education and is a Ph.D. candidate studying psychology with a focus in creativity studies at Saybrook University. He designed EPIC Cards that teach and promote creativity and is the author of From Experience to Creativity: The experiential educator’s incomplete guide to creativity.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Electronic submission of conference proposals is available here. Conference proposals deadline is Feb 10, 2020. If you have requests on sessions that you would like to see, please send your requests to Christine Whitaker at We schedule sessions based on most requested topics.

TRAVEL GRANTS:Travel grant awards of up to $200 are available to both new members and active members.  Grant awardees also receive a waiver of the conference registration fee.  NCAIR’s travel grant policy can be viewed here.  Travel grant deadline is Feb 5, 2020.
Click here to apply for a 2020 NCAIR Conference travel grant.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Christine Whitaker, Program Chair, 

Reservations can be made via email, phone, fax, or mail:
Email: Toll-Free: (800) 487-4653 Fax: (910) 235-8240