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.


Call for Proposals – HEDS Annual Conference

We invite proposals 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. People at all points in their careers who are engaged in these areas, or who are in other ways using data to improve their institution’s effectiveness, are encouraged to submit a proposal. More>>

Workshop on Student-Led Focus Groups – Making Sense of Assessment Evidence

The Center of Inquiry at Wabash College invites institutional teams of two faculty and/or staff and two students to "Students Engaging Students to Improve Learning: Using Student-Led Focus Groups to Gather and Make Sense of Assessment Evidence," a Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop on March 10-12, 2016. One of the best ways to make sense of assessment evidence is to have focus group conversations with students. And when students take the lead in conducting these conversations with their peers, they can learn things about the “why” and “how” behind the assessment evidence that faculty and staff might have a harder time discovering. In this workshop, Center of Inquiry staff and Teagle Scholars seasoned in training and working with student focus groups will help your team create and implement student-led focus groups to address assessment questions at your institution. Find out more about the workshop and registration.

HEDS Surveys Open for Administration

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 Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey – Asks students about their perceptions of their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. 

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