The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) supports institutional research, institutional effectiveness, assessment, and the use of data to advance liberal education at private colleges and universities.
HEDS is a consortium of private colleges and universities that collaboratively share, analyze, and use data of all kinds — institutional data, data from our six HEDS surveys, data from NSSE, the HERI Faculty Survey, and other national surveys — to advance their institutional missions. HEDS further supports the missions of member institutions by facilitating communication and just-in-time support among institutional representatives and by creating networking opportunities at national conferences. HEDS is located at the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College.
Submit a Proposal for the 2017 Annual Conference
We are accepting proposals for the HEDS Annual Conference on June 18–21 in Cincinnati, OH. We encourage people at all points in their careers who are using data to improve their institution’s effectiveness to submit a proposal by April 10, 2017. Learn more about submitting a proposal.
HEDS Surveys Open for Administration
All institutions, regardless of whether they belong to HEDS, are welcome to participate in all HEDS surveys.
HEDS Alumni Survey – Asks alumni about: the quality and impact of their undergraduate educational experiences; the impact of their undergraduate education on their postgraduate critical thinking, problem solving, and other learning outcomes; and postgraduate employment, college satisfaction, and college debt.
HEDS First Destination Survey – Asks graduating seniors and recent college graduates about their primary activities following graduation.
HEDS Research Practices Survey – Assesses the extent to which college students can apply their information literacy skills to the practice of scholarly research; asks students about their research experiences and assesses their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources.
HEDS Senior Survey – Asks graduating seniors to evaluate teaching practices and institutional conditions they experienced as undergraduates, assess the impact of their college experience on their intellectual growth and development, and describe their plans following graduation.
HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey – Asks students to assess their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, their perceptions on how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault.
HEDS Data Exchanges Open for Submission
Common Data Set – We are currently collecting 2016–2017 Common Data Set (CDS) files.
AAUP Faculty Compensation – We are currently collecting 2016–2017 Faculty Compensation Survey files.
Please contact Michelle Spencer if you would like to participate in any of these data exchanges or if you have any questions about them.
Forthcoming Comparison Reports
We will soon release a NSSE comparison report to all participating member institutions. In December, we shared the IPEDS comparison report, which contained the first batch of data on more than 1,900 institutions, including all HEDS members. When IPEDS releases its second and third batches of data, we will update and distribute the comparison report accordingly.