External Organizations and Selected Studies

Below are links to national and regional organizations, and to selected external studies, that are relevant to institutional research and postsecondary education in Nevada.

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) - a professional association of more than 4,000 institutional researchers, planners and decision-makers from more than 1,500 higher education institutions around the world. AIR helps advance research that improves the understanding, planning and operation of higher education institutions.


Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research (RMAIR) - a regional affiliate of AIR established in 1971, RMAIR includes higher education research professionals from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Canadian provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan.


Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) - WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Through student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work, WICHE assists students, policymakers, educators, and institutional, business and community leaders throughout the West and beyond.


The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepares action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.


Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) - IHEP's mission is to increase access and success in postsecondary education around the world through unique research and innovative programs that inform key decision makers who shape public policy and support economic and social development.


College Board - The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.

  • Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future, December 2008 - "Recent international comparisons contain alarming news for Americans: The United States, which led the world in high school completion rates throughout the 20th century, ranked just 21st out of 27 advanced economies by 2005. And our college completion rates have dropped dramatically — from number two in the world for younger workers (age 25-34) to number eleven. The United States is on the verge of losing the great global educational competitive edge it has long enjoyed...."


Grapevine - The Grapevine is an annual compilation of data on state fiscal support for higher education, including general fund appropriations for universities, colleges, community colleges, and state higher education agencies. The publication is produced by Illinois State University's Center for the Study of Education Policy in cooperation with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).