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SAIR annual Awards fit into two distinct categories - personal service and best practices.

Personal Service Awards
These awards allow us to recognize and honor the work of our members. The links provide additional information about the awards and the prior winners.

The nomination process for these special recognition awards occurs annually, prior to the Conference; a Call for Nominations is distributed via SAIRMail and the Southern AIR newsletter. 

Best Practice Awards
Note that in 2019 the SAIR board changed the categories for these awards to reflect the changing role of IR and the tools used to share information. In 2021, the SAIR Board added a fourth award category designed to recognize innovation in assessment and institutional research business operations and practices. The links provide additional information about the awards and the prior winners.

  • Best Paper Award - Given to the best paper or presentation made at the SAIR Annual Meeting
  • Best Print Report - For fact book, report, infographic, or other item optimized and formatted for printing
  • Best Interactive Report - For fact book, report, infographic, or other item that is interactive and not primarily designed to be printed
  • Best Website: For departmental website, evaluated on its overall structure, content, and design
  • Best Innovative Practice: For assessment program, workflow, or other team process that has led to increased efficiencies and/or improved outcomes

Submissions for the Best Practice Awards will be solicited in the Summer of 2024.

SAIR Best Paper Award
Awarded annually from among the papers and presentations made at each SAIR Conference, the Best Paper is selected by a panel of reviewers.

Winners of the Personal Service and Best Practice Awards will be announced at the Tuesday morning SAIR Conference Awards Breakfast.

For more information on SAIR Awards and Competitions, contact Carley Dear,, Member-at-Large: Member Engagement & Marketing.
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The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. SAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research. In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research.