HEDS COVID-19 Response Information

We appreciate the many thoughtful suggestions we’ve received from our colleagues at HEDS institutions about resources we could develop to support their institutions in this challenging time. We thought it would be helpful to list these resources in a single location to make them easier to find. We list these resources below. We will update this page with new information and new resources when needed. If you have any ideas about other work we could do to help you or your institution, please contact Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise.

HEDS COVID-19 Retention Project

The goal of this study is to provide HEDS member institutions with comparative data that will support their efforts to examine the impact of COVID-19 on student retention. The study will address four questions. What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on:
1. The size of the incoming first-year class?
2. The number of admissions deferrals and leaves-of-absence?
3. The number of students in college housing?
4. Retention?

HEDS COVID-19 Retention Data Submission File – HEDS member institutions should use this file to submit their data for this project. You should return your completed files to Becky D’Amato.

HEDS COVID-19 Surveys

Fall 2020 Surveys

In Fall 2020, we offered three surveys designed to check-in with students, faculty, and staff on how they were settling in and adjusting to their learning, teaching, and working environments during the pandemic and how satisfied they were with the institutional support they received during that time.

More than 21,500 students at 29 institutions responded to the student survey. More than 5,600 staff members from 25 institutions responded to the staff survey and about 3,700 faculty from 24 institutions completed the faculty survey.

We are summarizing the findings of these surveys in a series of short memos. We hope you find these short, digestible “Data Bytes” useful.

Summary Reports from Fall 2020 Surveys

Overall Data from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Student Survey – This is an Excel file summarizing the overall results from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Student Survey. These data were from 21,438 students at 29 institutions. Participating institutions include both public and private, 2-year and 4-year schools.

Overall Data from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Staff Survey – This is an Excel file summarizing the overall results from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Staff Survey. These data were from 5,356 staff members at 24 institutions. Participating institutions include both public and private, 2-year and 4-year schools.

Overall Data from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Faculty Survey – This is an Excel file summarizing the overall results from our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Faculty Survey. These data were from 3,587 faculty members at 23 institutions. Participating institutions include both public and private, 2-year and 4-year schools.

Using these data: Any college or university may use these data for internal comparison. If your institution does this, please cite HEDS as the source of the data by adding “© 2020 Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium” to any relevant publications. We do not permit anyone to sell these data or to include the data from this survey in a product that you sell.

Copies of the fall surveys are available on our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Surveys page.

Spring 2020 Surveys

We created three short surveys to help institutions assess the impact COVID-19 changes had on students, faculty, and staff.

More than 42,300 students at 65 institutions responded to the student survey. More than 6,300 staff members from 29 institutions responded to the staff survey and about 4,200 faculty from 28 institutions completed the faculty survey.

All of the surveys included questions designed to gauge how students, staff, and faculty at your institution experienced your institution’s response to COVID-19. The student and faculty surveys had an optional module of open-ended questions about experiences with teaching and learning in the online environment initiated by the crisis.

Summary Reports from Spring 2020 Surveys

Overall Data from our COVID-19 Institutional Response Student Survey – This is an Excel file of overall data from our spring 2020 COVID-19 Institutional Response Student Survey. These data were from 41,000 students at 64 institutions and was collected April through June, 2020.

Overall Data from our COVID-19 Institutional Response Staff Survey – This is an Excel file of overall data from our spring 2020 COVID-19 Institutional Response Staff Survey. These data were from more than 6,250 staff members at 29 institutions and was collected April through July, 2020

Overall Data from our COVID-19 Institutional Response Faculty Survey – This is an Excel file of overall data from our spring 2020 COVID-19 Institutional Response Faculty Survey. These data were from more that 4,000 faculty members at 27 institutions and was collected April through July, 2020.

Copies of the spring surveys are available on our Spring COVID-19 Surveys page.

HEDS Listserv Archive

The HEDS Listserv has been very active over the last couple of months, and it’s easy to lose track of messages that may have been relevant to your work. If you are looking for a particular message and can’t find it in your email, you can always search for it in the listserv archives. If you do not have the URL and password to access the archives, please contact Barb Lawhorn and she will forward them to you.

HEDS Surveys

All of our current HEDS surveys will continue to be open for administration during their typical windows. We know that the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19 may make administering them more difficult than usual. We’re glad to help you develop a survey plan that works for your campus.

Moving Forward

We are sure there will be more changes and adaptions required in the coming months. Please continue to reach out to us with ideas about how we can support your work. We know that these are hard and uncertain times for you, your colleagues, your students, and your leaders. Whatever happens over the next couple of years, we promise to be here and to do everything we can to support you.

We will announce any changes and new tools on the listserv as they occur, but we will also keep this page updated as a central location for all COVID-19 related announcements, so be sure to bookmark it.

Last updated March 11, 2021