The 2015 conference will be held in Baton Rouge, LA on June 15-16, 2015. Emily Saleh is the 2015 Conference Chair. The conference theme is "Red-Stick Re-boot: Revelry, Reporting, and Research." We invite everyone to come have fun and learn in the Capital. Professional development opportunities are being offered on June 6th.
  1. On-line Registration
  2. If interested, we will have a group dinner on Monday at Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar.
  3. The last day to book a room at the Indigo Hotel at the conference rate ($94) is May 14, 2015.
  4. Current Program


We have 5 pre-conference workshops, focusing upon reporting and research, to choose from on Monday, June 15th, from 1-5 at Baton Rouge Community College:
  1. Newcomer's Workshop- Dr. Michelle Hall, Southeastern Louisiana University - Cypress Bldg., Rm #116
    This workshop welcomes first-time LAIR participants who want to learn about the benefits of LAIR membership. The workshop will present a brief history of IR and a short overview of the profession with topics covering analysis and reporting, planning, assessment, and decision support

  2. Introduction to Survey Research - Dr. Claire Norris, Board of Regents - Cypress Bldg., Rm #203
    Today, surveys are ubiquitously used in higher education to assess such attitudes and behaviors as students' perception of campus safety; instructors use of technology; or administrators' beliefs concerning diversity. This information is then published in various outlets that can range from peer-reviewed journal articles to social media. Thus, the primary purpose of this workshop is to develop participants' ability to (1) construct, administer, and analyze survey data and (2) be intelligent consumers and critics of survey data. Topics to be covered include identifying and developing specific survey objectives; designing survey studies, sampling respondents, developing reliable and valid questionnaires, and administering surveys.

  3. You want me to talk in Front of People!?: Giving Effective Presentations- Ms. Emily Saleh, Board of Regents - Ms. Emily Saleh, Board of Regents- Cypress Bldg., Rm #219
    Limited to 5 participants. IR professionals are increasingly called upon to present data and analysis to diverse audiences. This workshop will provide participants with useful strategies for developing and executing effective presentations, to include the use of visual aids, the infusion of humor, body language, timing, and fielding questions from audience members. Participants should come to the workshop with a presentation already prepared (one that they have given or plan to give soon).

  4. Introduction to Qualitative Methods- Dr. Christopher Broadhurst, University of New Orleans - Cypress Bldg., Rm #120
    Qualitative methods are often underutilized in institutional research, effectiveness, and assessment. Used alone, such methods can provide new insights for IR. When combined with traditional quantitative methods, qualitative research can provide IR staff a more complete understanding of their campuses This workshop will introduce the core ideas of qualitative research, the various types of qualitative research, and the methods used to perform such research.

  5. IPEDS Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness - Cypress Bldg., Rm #201
    This workshop is designed for participants with little to no experience in the area of conducting benchmarking studies or with the IPEDS Data Center. This module introduces the fundamentals of creating benchmarks to measure institutional effectiveness. The module provides an overview of the types of comparison groups that can be constructed using IPEDS data, with examples of appropriate use. Participants will use actual data from the IPEDS Surveys, Data Feedback Reports, and the Data Center. Exercises and resources will demonstrate processes to establish key performance indicators and identify variables to refine comparison groups. To register for this workshop, click here
7:00 p.m. Group Dinner at Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar, downtown Baton Rouge

Tuesday, June 16, 2015: ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 2015 LAIR Conference will be held at the Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA.

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens- Rm 1-136, Thomas Jefferson A&B

9:00 a.m. Welcome
Ms. Emily Saleh, LAIR Vice President
2015 LAIR Conference Chair

9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Joseph Rallo
Louisiana Commissioner for Higher Education

10:00 a.m. Board of Regents Update (brief update on BOR projects/issues that affect all campuses)

11:00 a.m. Break-Out Session 1 (choose from one of the following)

GRAD Act 101 and Beyond, Room 1-136, Thomas Jefferson A
Presenter: LeAnn Detillier, Board of Regents
Description: The LA GRAD (Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas) Act grants colleges and universities increased autonomy and tuition authority in exchange for a commitment to meet defined statewide performance goals. The purpose of the Act is to support the state's public postsecondary education institutions in remaining competitive and increasing their overall effectiveness and efficiency. The BoR is responsible for the monitoring and annual review of each institution's progress toward meeting their performance goals. This session will be a review of some GRAD Act basics, including an overview of the preparation and submission of annual reporting requirements and the scoring process. We will also discuss what the future may hold for GRAD Act as we know it.

Assessing Institutional Effectiveness: A Casemix Model, Room 1-137, Marbois Room
Presenter: Jacques Detiege, Southern University System
Description: This session will present for consideration an assessment model for the evaluation of institutional outcomes with consideration for the unique composition of each institution's student population. The statistical model utilizes institutional level data, state level data and national data for the assessment of institutional efficacy in graduating members of their freshman cohorts within 4-, 5-and 6-years. Models for case-mix comparisons across institutions, system and time will be presented.

Cohort Tracking, Room 1-141, Colorado Room
Presenters: Andrea Simien and Lenny Unbehagen, Nunez Community College
Description: The process of active cohort tracking semester by semester to succeed with graduation rates. We monitor 3 cohorts each semester, tracking enrollment and hours earned. We use this information to predict current and future graduation rate goals.

11:45 a.m. Lunch- Room 1-136, Thomas Jefferson A&B

12:30 p.m. Break Out-Session 2 (choose from one of the following)

BOR Report Submission, Room 1-136, Thomas Jefferson A
Presenter: Lance Neal, Board of Regents
Description: This presentation will cover basic Board of Regents reporting requirements such as reporting deadlines, correction timelines, data collected, common errors, uses of the data collected, etc. Potential up-coming system modifications may also be discusses, specifically around SCH and SSPS data collections. An update to the Regents' mainframe migration will also be provided.

LSU A&M Transfer Student Survey: Findings and Analysis, Room 1-137, Marbois Room
Presenter: Heather Schmidt, Louisiana State University A&M
Description: Ongoing assessment of the transfer admission process allows the LSU Office of Enrollment Management to focus on continuous improvement efforts. More than two years of survey data collected from newly admitted (enrolled and non-enrolled) transfer students will be shared and discussed. Results from this assessment tool inform and direct Undergraduate Admissions on how to better meet the needs and expectations of the students who we aim to serve. Attend this session to learn how the analysis of this data enabled student voices to be heard to effect real change at LSU.

1:15 p.m. 2015 Best IR Website Announcement Room 1-136, Thomas Jefferson A&B

1:30 p.m. Refreshment Break and Door Prizes

1:45 p.m. Roundtable Conversations

2:15 p.m. Whole Group Discussion

2:45 p.m. LAIR 2015 Business Meeting

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Best IR Website Contest

LAIR will be conducting its first "Best IR Website" competition this year in conjunction with the annual conference.
If your institution would like to compete, please submit your website's link to Emily Salah no later than Monday, June 1, 2015.
Websites will be judged by a panel of your peers using this rubric.
The winner will be announced at the LAIR conference on June 16th in Baton Rouge.
Even if you don't think you'll win, this is a great opportunity to receive constructive feedback from your peers on your website, or to test the waters before submitting your website for the SAIR Best IR Website competition in the fall.

Any questions, comments or suggestions regarding this web site, contact Michelle Hall (
Last Updated June 4, 2015