This year, we are pleased to be offering the following FREE pre-conference workshops on Wednesday morning, November 13th:

R You Ready for This? Joshua Farrell, Whitman College

R you ready to take the plunge? R is a powerful, flexible and FREE open-source statistical package used for data manipulation, modeling and visualization. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to navigate RStudio, import and manipulate data, and walk through a brief analysis and visualization of student related data. You will learn useful R tools and resources to get you started on your journey.

Power BI.  Presented by Max Kwenda, Gonzaga University

Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your institution or embed them in your website. Power BI allows you to connect to varied data sources and visualize them in dashboards and reports.

This workshop will be a guided learning experience of Power BI Desktop (a free app) and Power BI Service. We will use Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS) data to build a benchmark report and dashboard. Features of Power BI including DAX, data modelling, and Power Query will be introduced. Participants will understand the “power” of Power BI as an additional tool to effectively carry out their duties as an IR professional.


a. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

b. Bring a laptop. You will need administrative rights to your machine or have your IT personnel install latest version Power BI from this site:

c. Eagerness to learn and positive can-do attitude!

Lead the Way, a workshop on leading an IR Office.  Presented by Ellen Peters, University of Puget Sound and Leah Ewing Ross, AIR

Are you new to IR leadership, do you aspire to lead an IR office, or do you want to reinvigorate your approach as a leader? This workshop will involve activities, case studies and discussions that explore different approaches to leadership and will provide some tools and resources for strategic planning, staff supervision, and institutional collaboration.

PNAIRP Federal Tax ID: 91-1132292

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