Memorial Conference Grant


The call for applications for the 2020 conference is now open; the deadline for completed submissions is September 20, 2020.

For the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference we will award grants of $100 each, which will be applied directly to cover the recipient’s conference registration fee. Recipients will be responsible for the additional $30 of the registration fee, as well as the $85 annual association membership fee. 
Memorial Conference Grants are awarded to current members in honor of a deceased NEAIR member who made significant contributions to the organization. The intent of this program is to financially support members who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference, particularly individuals who plan to share their knowledge and expertise with the NEAIR community. Grants are normally awarded to two NEAIR members to help defray the costs of attending the Annual Conference; however, because of the reduced cost of the 2020 Virtual Conference, the Grants Committee and the NEAIR Steering Committee decided to use the budget money to provide grants of $100 each to a larger number of recipients. To access the very simple application form, just click on the "Submit" button below.

The 2020 Memorial Conference Grants are awarded in honor of Cliford Adelman.

Clifford Adelman, long-time mentor and member in NEAIR, passed away on May 3, 2018. Dr. Adelman was senior associate emeritus at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a member of the AIR Board and the keynote speaker at the 2009 Baltimore Annual Conference. Dr. Adelman, a talented scholar, lifelong student advocate, worked tirelessly to advance the field of institutional research. As a senior associate at IHEP, he was a key advisor for IHEP’s national and international research endeavors and worked extensively on issues of accountability and assessment, student mobility and transfer patterns, the role of community college, and international issues in higher education. In 2008, Inside Higher Ed described Dr. Adelman as, “…known for his ahead-of-the-curve and politically challenging analyses of higher ed.” He consistently used these analyses to change how the higher education community articulated and assessed student learning, tracked and supported students across institutions and state lines, and elevated issues of critical importance to students in need.  Before joining IHEP, Dr. Adelman was as a senior research analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, where he authored several reports that served as benchmarks in education, including Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor's Degree (1999) and The Toolbox Revisited: Paths to Degree Completion from High School through College (2006). Before federal service, Dr. Adelman was an administrator and educator at City College of New York, Roosevelt University, William Paterson College of New Jersey, and Yale University. Clifford Adelman could analyze. He could research and write. And he could talk. Boy, could he talk.
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The 2019 NEAIR Memorial Grants were awarded to Emily Adams of Delaware Valley University and Hsiao--Ju Yen of California University of Pennsylvania, in memory of Ellen Kanarek and John Kelley. 

Ellen Kanarek, a long-time AIR and NEAIR member and past president, passed away on 11/22/2018 in Princeton, NJ. Ellen was Associate Forum Chair in 1998 and a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee. Her most recent employment was as Vice President for Applied Educational Research, Inc. Her best known research project in the higher education community was the College Board’s Admitted Students Questionnaire (ASQ), to which hundreds of colleges and universities subscribed, where she surveyed tens of thousands of students to explore the reasons why they selected their college to attend. Ever a volunteer, Ellen was committed to giving back to her profession. She joined the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), in 1986. It was quickly evident that Ellen was a future-focused, passionate and fully engaged member, heavily involved in coordinating the AIR Forum which is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, and planning. Ellen was a frequent facilitator, track chair, convener, presenter and author, led member outreach efforts, and was Chair of the millennium Forum conference in 1999-2000. Ellen also was very active in the regional North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) where she served as President.

John M. Kelley, a long time NEAIR member and dear friend to many passed away last year after a courageous battle with cancer. John was someone who lit up a room and welcomed all with a warm heart. John was the founding head of the Office of Planning, Training and Institutional Research at Villanova University, which he led until his retirement June, 1, 2011. After retirement, John remained an active faculty member and strategic planning consultant and was always available to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.
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