CIRPA Calgary 2018
CIRPA Calgary was a huge success, featuring 35 presentations, 4 workshops, 2 excellent keynotes and over 200 delegates. Many thanks to the conference co-chairs Laurie Beatt of SAIT and Erin Lassiter of Mount Royal University, as well as their conference planning team, who worked tirelessly to put this year’s event together.
The conference theme – “Tuning into Data” – was a note-able thread throughout the program. The social night at the National Music Centre (Studio Bell) featured a treasure of trove of history and memorabilia, and a chorus of laughter rang through the room as comedian Brian Stollery asked, “How many IR professional does it take to count a student?”
Keynotes Jennifer Buchanan and Jonathan Love each provided some inspirational (and musically inspired) thoughts on musical therapy and learning through failure. The data theme was also woven into the programming, with many excellent presentations on data visualization, dashboards and data governance.
We welcomed some returning friends from AIR – Dr. Gina Johnson (who is from Minnesota, which is almost like being Canadian) – to continue building our connection.
We have already begun planning for next years’ conference in Montreal – October 20-22nd. Save the date!
CIRPA Elections – 2018
CAUBO Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) Update
The Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) is the only common source for the financial
data of Canadian universities and colleges. The data contained in the FIUC is based on an annual return
completed and submitted by each of CAUBO’s member institutions, e.g. 106 universities and affiliated
colleges. The report is a joint undertaking between CAUBO and Statistics Canada and has been produced
annually since 1980.
In 2014 a Task Force, which included an Institutional Research (IR) representative, completed a review of
the FIUC. The purpose of the review was to determine if the report was still relevant and to whom. A summary of review can be found here.