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2015 Conference Overview

Keynote Speakers:

Christine Keller will speak about the history of institutional research, the changes IR has witnessed in the past 35 years, and IR’s current place in institutions.

Christine is the Vice President of Research & Policy Analysis at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) where she has provided leadership in the development and application of research, policy, and strategic analysis since 2007.  She directs the Voluntary System of Accountability on behalf of APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and oversees the cross-sector Student Achievement Measure project on behalf of APLU and AASCU as well as four other higher education associations.  Her current areas of focus include the design and application of models for tracking student progress and completion, the measurement and reporting of student learning and post-collegiate outcomes, and the development and application of strategic finance models within public universities.

Before joining APLU, Keller was the Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Kansas and the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at Sterling College.  Keller holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas, a MBA from the University of Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing research from Missouri State University.

She is a member of the U.S. Department of Education National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) panel, participates in IPEDS Technical Review Panels, and is a member of several national committees including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Advisory Board, the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Advisory Council, the Gardner Institute’s Gateways to Completion Advisory Committee, and the College Educational Quality Advisory Board.  She is a past board member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).


Lynn Tincher-Ladner is the Chief Information and Research Officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has over 20 years of experience working in the community college setting and is a former director of institutional research and planning, database administrator, software developer, and community college mathematics and science instructor.

Tincher-Ladner serves on the Peer Review Advisory Board for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is president of the Southeastern Association of Community College Researchers.

Tincher-Ladner received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Mississippi State University.


Professional Development – IPEDS New Keyholder training – November 3rd, 2015:

The New Keyholder Workshop is designed as base level training that provides participants with a thorough introduction to the IPEDS data collection cycle and reporting requirements.

For additional information and to request a seat, please visit IPEDS registration website.

Professional Development Workshops – November 4th, 2015:

PDO workshops are now included in the cost of registration. Please sign-up for each PDO below. PDO sign-up closes on November 3rd or until the events are full.

Morning PDOs — November 4, 2015 – 8:00am-12:00pm

 Afternoon PDOs — November 4, 2015 – 1:00pm-4:30pm

Evening PDOs — November 4, 2015 – 5:15pm


2015 Conference Sponsors