Areas of Expertise
AIR’s research and evaluation work in postsecondary education identifies successful practices to increase educational access and to coordinate K-12 preparation with postsecondary needs. We explore cost-effective ways to deliver postsecondary educational services and training, and help colleges and universities foster environments that maximize learning, research productivity, and innovation.
A recent report from AIR's Center for STEM Education & Innovation found that financing a Ph.D. in the sciences results in high levels of debt, particularly for underrepresented minorities.
Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates of Texas Colleges and Universities Who Are Working in Texas
The earnings of recent bachelor's and master's recipients in Texas vary not only by degree but by specific program and institution, according to a recent study prepared by College Measures, a joint venture of AIR and the Matrix Knowledge Group.
As part of a larger inter-agency effort to develop new federal data on adults’ education, training, and credentials for work, the National Center for Education Statistics and AIR developed and pilot-tested of a set of survey items on industry-recognized certification, state licensure, and educational certificates.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education awarded AIR two content centers, which will offer all states research-based resources and tools to support struggling students, including ELLs: the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the College and Career Readiness and Success Center.
AIR led a strategic planning process that engaged more than 100 community members in St. Louis to create actionable steps to build a college-going culture in all of the region’s high schools, to expand and coordinate the delivery of services, and to improve college persistence.
The federally funded College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) provides customized support to states, promoting knowledge development and collaboration through technical assistance and interactive learning communities.