Constitution

I. Name

It is hereby established that there be a Midwest organization for persons working or interested in institutional research. This organization shall be called the Mid-America Association for Institutional Research and will be known by the acronym MIDAIR.

II. Purpose

MIDAIR is a regional organization of institutional researchers.
The objectives of the organization are to:

  1. Improve and disseminate research predominantly of concern to institutions of higher education.
  2. Provide a collegium for persons in a common profession.
  3. Provide an avenue for professional accomplishment by offering at least annual meetings at which professional contributions may be made through paper presentations, workshops, seminars, and other activities.
  4. Encourage association with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and promote AIR forums and other activities.
  5. Encourage professional identification, development, and renewal.

III. Membership

Membership is open to individuals interested and dedicated to the purposes of the Organization. A person's affiliation with or interest in institutional research will be self determined.
Annual membership in the Organization is available on both an individual and institutional basis. Membership dues will be determined periodically by the Board of Directors. The membership year is from November 1st to October 31st.

IV. Voting Privileges

All current members of the organization are eligible to vote on matters related to two issues: 1) election of members of the Board of Directors, and 2) changes in the Constitution of the organization.

V. Geographic Coverage

MIDAIR is a regional organization defined by the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. These states will be the territory commonly served by MIDAIR, but membership may be extended to individuals outside the immediate region.

VI. Affiliation with the Association for Institutional Research

MIDAIR is an affiliate of Association for Institutional Research, an organization dedicated to the profession of institutional research.

VII. Annual Conference

An annual conference will be held within the geographical boundaries of the organization. The conference will be organized by the Board of Directors.

VIII. Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of five MIDAIR members, serving three year terms. Terms of office will be staggered so that one or two new members are seated each year. Terms of office change at the end of the annual conference.
Board of Directors members will be elected by a vote of all active members. A simple plurality of votes cast will elect a Board of Directors member.
The Board of Directors will select a President and a Secretary from among its membership. The Board may also select other officers from within the Board, or from the active membership, and will organize itself as deemed necessary to conduct Organization business.
The Board of Directors will serve as a nominations and election subcommittee. Any member of the Organization may place his/her name in nomination for election to the Committee. The Board of Directors will accept nominations, construct the ballot, and organize the election of new members to the Committee.
The Board of Directors will be responsible for scheduling and planning the annual conference and other programs. The Board maintains the membership roster. Decisions on meeting dates, program substance, the assessment and the expenditure of funds, and the like, will be made by the Board. The Board will coordinate an evaluation of the annual conference and will consider the results in planning subsequent events. The President will serve as the liaison to AIR.

IX. Annual Meeting

An annual meeting of the MIDAIR membership will be held in conjunction with the annual conference. The meeting will provide an opportunity for consideration of any items of business raised by the Board of Directors or by a member of MIDAIR. X. Constitutional Amendments Amendments to the constitution may be initiated by a member of MIDAIR. Proposals will be forwarded to the Board of Directors and will be considered at the next annual meeting. To be adopted, an amendment must be submitted to the entire active membership and be approved by two-thirds of the votes cast.

Approved February 1986 by mail ballot Updated September 2006