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.

Learn more about HEDS and become a member.


Register for the HEDS Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2016 HEDS Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina on June 26–29, 2016. This conference brings together people from small colleges and universities in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness. Learn more about the conference, including information about our keynote speakers, preconference workshops, and how to register.

HEDS Surveys Open for Administration

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. 

All institutions, regardless of whether they belong to HEDS, are welcome to participate in all HEDS surveys