North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) - Event Information

Event Name:44th NEAIR Annual Conference

Given our conference theme, "IR Leadership: Refining our Roles, Maximizing Our Impact", we look forward to engaging IR leaders at every level.  We hope all attendees – whether a new analyst or a vice president – gain key insights and takeaways that help refine personal leadership skills and create impact. 



Event Date:11/18/2017 - 11/21/2017
Location:Westin Jersey City Newport
479 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07310

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Contact Person:Beth Simpson
(phone: 3025595638)


2017 Conference Program

What We’ve All Been Waiting For:  The 2017 Conference Program and Program At-A-Glance (PAAG) are posted on our conference website.  There you will find more information on our exciting line-up of pre-conference workshops, keynote and plenary speakers, concurrent sessions, posters, and special interest groups.

The 44th NEAIR Annual Conference guide is now available on YAPP!  Download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the conference - plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general conference info, dinner groups, view attendees, and NEAIR Leaders.  Customize your conference experience by using YAPP to view the schedule of sessions by day, session type, or by topic area.  Click on the following link,, to take you to the conference app on your mobile device you plan to use at the conference. 

Take a moment to get to know our Keynote and Plenary Speakers:

Sunday evening’s Keynote with Dr. Randall VanWagoner promises to be insightful as we hear from a community college president with a background in IR.  Check out his blog post Finding Strength and Value in Data to get to know Dr. VanWagoner and his approach to leadership and using data to achieve success. 

Monday’s Plenary with Dr. Christopher Shults will challenge each of us to consider our impact as leaders at our institutions.  Dr. Shults will use a case study to engage attendees and ask questions throughout his presentation for attendees to consider and discuss.  Please take the time before his session to read the case study.  It is available on the NEAIR website and within Yapp (under More > Program Info) to download to your device. 


It’s not too late to add a workshop.  See the line-up on the Pre Conference Workshop Page and contact Beth Simpson at or 302-559-5638 to add or change workshops.  Please note that some of the technical workshops require software downloads.


Dress and Weather Update:  NEAIR conference attire is business casual.  The forecast projects low 50s but chilly (lower 40s/30s) at night, with a slight chance of showers forecasted for Saturday. Be sure to bring some good walking shoes, because Jersey City and nearby Manhattan are worth the walk.  The hotel is also right next to the PATH train to Manhattan, the Newport Centre shopping mall, and a number of attractions nearby.  Here is a link to helpful tips about all modes of travel to Jersey City and some suggestions for things to see and do


The Westin chef is preparing delicious meals that reflect the varied heritage of New Jersey and New York.   For our gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian & vegan attendees, the conference menu is labeled for your convenience and can be accessed within Yapp and at the NEAIR website


A Word About Our EXHIBITOR SPONSORS:  Without their support, this conference would not be affordable.  Our exhibitors want to be part of the conversation so they can provide services and products that meet your institution’s needs.  Please take time to talk with them during the conference and to thank them for their support.  Once again, there will be a raffle for a $300 Visa gift card.  Have engaging conversations with an Exhibitor and get a raffle ticket; the more exhibitors you talk to the more raffle tickets you get and the higher probability of winning!


Special parking rates are available to all attendees in the garage next to the hotel. 

For daily commuters, please pick up a ticket from the conference registration table each day as you need a validated ticket to accompany your original parking ticket in order to get the $15 a day pricing.
Overnight hotel guests, please pick up a validated parking ticket from the conference registration desk during the day of your departure.  Please be sure to keep your original parking ticket as you will need this ticket as well as the validated parking ticket when you leave in order to receive the reduced parking rate.

Social Media: - Follow and connect with NEAIR on Social Media

Twitter: , @neair_IR has news, happenings, and up to date information in 280 characters or less. #NEAIR17 is the hashtag for conference tweets.  These tweets will show up in the Yapp Conference Mobile app!

Facebook: Like us for official updates and need to know info.  

Facebook Group:, Join us and engage with your colleagues. This is your space we maintain.

LinkedIn:, LinkedIn Group: Join our professional group, continue longer discussions here on IR topics.

WiFi: There will be complimentary wifi in guest rooms and in the hotel lobby lounge and bar area, but not in the meeting space area.

Connecting with Colleagues:  You won’t want to miss Saturday and Monday dinner groups.  Dinner groups will be led to nearby restaurants in Jersey City, Hoboken, and into Manhattan as well by taking the PATH train.  Sign-up sheets will be available at Registration.  And bring plenty of business cards to exchange with new colleagues!

The 44th Annual NEAIR Conference planning team is ready to welcome our attendees to Jersey City!

The 2017 Jersey City Conference Team

Links:Fees & Refund Informaton
Pre-Conference Workshop Information
Conference Program Book
Program At-A-Glance
Things to do in Jersey City & NYC
Travel Information
Event Registration:
Volunteering Session(s):Click the links below to sign up to volunteer.

NEAIR Conference Registration (11/18/2017)
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