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2016 Conference

Conference Overview | Registration | Hotel & Travel | Sponsorship Opportunities | Keynote Speakers | Conference Schedule | KC Bier Company Tour/Tasting

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2016 Conference Overview

Join us in Kansas City November 9th-11th for the 2016 MidAIR Conference.

The 2016 Conference Program can be found here.



Registration Information

Registration Costs:

  • $200 – early bird registration through Sept. 30
  • $250 – starting Oct. 1

Registration includes the following:

  • 2016-2017 MidAIR annual membership fee
  • Access to all sessions and keynotes
  • Access to the Wednesday PDO sessions (more information below)
  • Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner options on select days; see conference program for details (released in October)
  • Free internet access in your room
  • Wednesday night reception (light snacks), Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast


Hotel & Travel Information

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
One E 45th St
Kansas City, MO 64111


Conference Room Rate: $119/night



Sponsorship Opportunities

Approximately 100 members regularly attend the MidAIR Annual Conference

This is a well established annual conference with members from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Our membership represents all levels of higher education: 2-year and 4-year; public and private; colleges, universities, and state agencies.

Promote Your Products and Services to Conference Attendees!

We are pleased to provide a number of flexible opportunities to contribute to the success of the conference while showcasing your products and services. Sponsor setup usually takes place at any time on Wednesday of the conference; teardown is by noon on the concluding day of the conference, usually Friday. Pre-conference workshops are all day Wednesday; Concurrent sessions are all day Thursday and until noon on Friday.

For more information contact the External Relations Director at

Platinum – $3,250.00

  • Booth and sponsor table with electricity, get a first-choice location pick
  • Right to host /speak at luncheon (3 minute max. speech)
  • Ad in conference program (full page)
  • Session room named after your organization
  • Sponsorship session with the right to pick time and day
  • Materials in conference attendee package
  • Sponsor can display table toppers or materials on tables at the luncheon
  • Logo on MidAIR website
  • Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail)
  • Marketing e-mail to attendees (1 advertisement)
  • Conference attendee list one week prior to the conference
  • Conference admission: 3 attendees

Diamond – $2,250.00

  • One sponsorship table with electricity
  • Second-choice location pick
  • Right to host/speak at evening reception (3 minute max. speech)
  • Half page ad in conference program 5″ * 7″ wide,no bleed, high resolution
  • Sponsorship session
  • Materials in conference attendee package
  • Sponsor can display table toppers or materials on table at the reception
  • Logo on MidAIR website
  • Conference admissions-2 attendee

Gold – $1,850.00

  • Sponsor table with electricity
  • Ad in conference program (half page)
  • Materials in conference attendee package
  • Sponsorship session
  • Logo on MidAIR website
  • Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail)
  • Conference attendee list one week prior to the conference
  • Conference admission: 2 attendees

Silver – $1,450.00

  • Sponsor table with electricity
  • Ad in conference program (quarter page)
  • Materials in conference attendee package
  • Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail)
  • Logo on MidAIR website
  • Conference admission: 1 attendee

Name Badge Lanyard – $500.00

One of the most visible items at the conference will be the badges around each participant’s neck.
The sponsor will print and provide the participant’s name badge lanyards.

Promotion Materials Bag – $500.00

Sponsor provides the promotion materials bags which each participant picks up at the conference registration desk.
Prefer eco friendly bags.

Other Sponsorship – $500.00

Contact for information about this sponsorship.

Keynote Speakers

Kathrine Swanson

Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., is the vice chancellor for student success and engagement for Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, where she is responsible for student access and success initiatives through leading strategic enrollment management planning, student financial services, and collaborating with campus leaders to ensure student development areas such as counseling, disability services, and campus life are providing opportunities for student engagement and success both in and out of the classroom.

Jeremy Clopton

Jeremy Clopton, CPA, ACDA, CFE, CIDA, is the BKD Big Data & Analytics practice leader and has more than 10 years of experience applying data analytics in fraud prevention and detection, risk assessment and business intelligence. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of data analytics and visualization, forensic accounting, data analytics program design and the value data can bring to an organization.


Conference Schedule

Wednesday PDO Sessions Include:

Newcomers to Institutional Research Workshop

Larry Westermeyer, University Of Missouri, St. Louis
Joe DeHart, Ph.D., Des Moines Area Community College

This popular workshop is designed for newcomers to IR – or anyone desiring a refresher! Each Institutional Research office is a unique entity shaped by an extensive assortment of internal and external forces. If you are new to IR and wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into, this PDO may provide some insight. Presented by two experienced IR practitioners, this full-day workshop will touch on a wide variety of IR-related issues. Our focus is on breadth rather than depth After introductions and listening to what you would like to take away from the day, topics planned include: some definitions of Institutional Research, IR models, identifying common functions of IR offices and how they meet institutional needs, the impact of institutional culture, project management, ethics, common definitions, reports and surveys, national data sets, technical skills, and business intelligence and statistics commonly used in IR.

Leveraging Embedded Analytics to Leap from Good to Great IR Reporting

Oyebanjo Lajubutu, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Embedded analytics can transform an institution’s approach to reporting, giving decision makers access to data with which to inform policy and strategic decision making. However, most IR offices are struggling to keep up with new advances in analytics. In this workshop, attendees will be provided with hands-on analytics experience to leap from good to great IR reporting. At the end of the workshop, participants should have the confidence to create attractive, interactive analytics and dashboards that will enhance institutional assessment and regional/accreditation efforts.

Participants are required to bring to the workshop a laptop that is loaded with either this trial version or with your own Tableau license (if you already have one).

LEAN in Higher Education

Misty Haskamp, Alissa Buck, and Mara Roberts, Columbia College

Lean is a process improvement methodology that is trending in higher education.  Lean is simple to understand and a powerful and effective streamlining tool. This workshop focuses on Lean principles and how to conduct a Lean workout.  Root cause analysis, facilitation skills, value stream mapping, and waste identification are highlighted in this workshop.

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MDHE|Kauffman Foundation and Data Visualization

Christopher Laubenthal, Kauffman Foundation
Jeremy Kintzel and Erik Anderson, Missouri Department of Higher Education

This workshop will introduce EdWise-H, a powerful visualization developed by the Kauffman Foundation in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The EdWise-H tool is designed to display and allow dynamic queries within a focused selection of variables intended to allow users to see an institution’s progress toward goals and drive discussion and decision-making toward improvement. The chosen metrics are organized around the state’s coordinated plan for higher education, Preparing Missourians to Succeed, and reflect major goals which arose out of a yearlong process involving multiple public hearings. The workshop will introduce EdWise-H and Edwise, its K-12-focused precursor, discuss their development, and offer opportunities to explore and query the tools.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss major issues facing colleges and universities throughout Missouri and their intersection with data, to exchange ideas about how to use Missouri education data to communicate with multiple audiences, and to develop ideas for better use of education data at the local, regional and state levels.

Participants are encouraged to bring an internet-enabled laptop.


Additional conference information coming soon!

KC Bier Company Tour and Tasting

On the evening of Thursday, November 10, conference attendees will have an opportunity to tour KC Bier Company, a local brewery. The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP here.