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.


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 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. Please email the same Excel file submitted to CDS to Michelle Spencer in order to receive the HEDS member CDS comparison tool.

We will open the HEDS Starting Salaries, the AAUP Faculty Compensation, and the NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study data exchanges in December.

Forthcoming Comparison Reports

We will soon release a comparison report to all member institutions on the baccalaureate origins of doctorates and another comparison report on the most recent IPEDS data from more than 1,900 institutions to all member institutions. For participating HEDS members, we will soon share the NSSE comparison report.