TABLE C.1 Summary of Education Data Sources

Name of Survey Collection Agency Objective of the Survey Unit of Analysis Time Period Survey Componentsa
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) National Center for Educations Statistics (NCES) Collect data on postsecondary education in the United States. Educational Institutions Collected annually from 1989 Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Prices, Enrollment, Student Financial Aid, Degrees and Certificates Conferred, Student Persistence and Success, and Institutional Human and Fiscal Resources.
Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) NCES Predecessor to IPEDS. Currently not active. The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) system was conducted by the NCES between 1966 and 1985. These surveys collected institution-level data on such topics as institutional characteristics, enrollment, degrees conferred, salaries, employees, financial statistics, libraries, and others. Surveys were sent to approximately 3,400 accredited institutions of higher education.
National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) NCES Provide data about faculty to postsecondary education researchers, planners, and policy makers. Faculty Four Cycles: 1987-1988; 1992-1993; 1998-1999; and 2003-2004 Institution Survey; Department Chairperson Survey and Faculty Survey
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) NCES Examine how students and their families pay for postsecondary education. NPSAS data provide the base-year sample BPS and B&B. Student. Nationally representative sample of all students (graduate, first-professional, and undergraduate) enrolled in postsecondary education institutions. Six Cycles: 1986-1987; 1989-1990; 1992-1993; 1995-1996; 1999-2000; and 2003-2004 Major Field of Study; Tuition and Fees; Date First Enrolled, and Other Information from Institution Records


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