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.

Apply for Excellence in Assessment Program - Deadline Extended to May 1

Four national higher education organizations—APLU, AASCU, AAC&U, and NILOA—have come together to create a national designation, the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program, to recognize institutions that are committed to furthering student success through integrated, campus-wide, evidence-based assessment practices. The EIA designation serves to inspire colleges and universities as well as to provide a platform to share their good practices across campuses. Find out more about the program and how to apply.

Workshop on Student-Led Focus Groups

On March 10-12, teams of staff, faculty, and students from 10 colleges and universities participated in "Students Engaging Students to Improve Learning: Using Student-Led Focus Groups to Gather and Make Sense of Assessment Evidence," a workshop at the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College. Teagle Scholars Galen Foresman, Karen Hornsby, and Scott Simkins (all from North Carolina A&T State University), along with two A&T students, Breanna Beard and Christopher Watkins, helped lead the workshop, building on their experience with the Wabash Provost Scholars Program.

The institutional teams participated in training sessions about developing and running student-led focus groups, and they created plans to share with key campus leaders and constituencies in order to implement focus group projects at their institutions. Center of Inquiry staff and Teagle Scholars Leah Adams-Curtis, Cynthia Crimmins, Anne Dueweke, and Catherine Zeek assisted teams in developing their plans.

Four of the participating teams were from HEDS member institutions: Flagler College, Illinois College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Scranton. Also attending were teams from Antioch College, California State University – Stanislaus, Elon University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, North Carolina State University, and the University of Vermont. Learn more about Center of Inquiry workshops>>

HEDS Surveys Open for Administration

HEDS First Destination Survey – Asks graduating seniors and recent college graduates about their primary activities following graduation. 

HEDS Senior Survey – Asks graduating college 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 Alumni Survey – Asks alumni about the quality and impact of undergraduate education and postgraduate education and employment outcomes. 

HEDS Research Practices Survey – Asks students about their research experiences and assesses their information literacy skills. 

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