Membership in the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)
HEDS is a group of colleges and universities that are committed to using evidence to advance liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.
HEDS welcomes all colleges and universities—privates and publics, both 2-year and 4-year—to join us in advancing these outcomes for our students.
What institutions are eligible for HEDS membership?
Any college or university that:
Is nonprofit and regionally accredited
Grants undergraduate degrees or certificates
Is committed to advancing liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success
HEDS is part of the Center of Inquiry at Wabash College. Lessons from the Center’s work over the last fifteen years to assess and improve liberal arts education inform the design of HEDS surveys, HEDS reports, HEDS workshops and conferences, and the efforts of the HEDS staff to help member institutions use evidence to strengthen their learning and teaching environments.
HEDS is a learning community of colleagues who have a broad range of experiences and understand the challenges of using evidence for improvement in smaller institutions. HEDS activities include:
- A listserv that allows you to reach out to your colleagues to discuss data, techniques, and other useful information for just-in-time answers and problem solving.
- Regional workshops and the HEDS annual conference that focus on assessment, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and improving student learning at small colleges and universities.
HEDS also offers a range of services designed to help small institutions improve. HEDS offers several educational impact and campus climate surveys to help institutions assess the quality and impact of their programs as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their campus climate.
HEDS creates interactive data files that allow you to easily form custom institutional comparisons. Some of these files, such as IPEDS key indicators or the baccalaureate origins of PhDs, include the entire universe of higher education institutions. Other interactive files, including starting faculty salaries, overall faculty compensation, and tuition discounting, include data from HEDS institutions that have opted to share that information. There is no charge for these files. A current list and description of these exchanges can be found here.
HEDS provides consultation on: survey administration; program and institutional assessment; program and grant evaluation; faculty development on using evidence to improve student learning; professional development for assessment leaders; and general education revision.
HEDS offers a variety of workshops on topics including: developing effective assessment processes; training students to lead focus groups with their peers to gather assessment evidence; helping department chairs and program directors effectively and efficiently guide assessment; and developing the skills of assessment leaders as institutional change agents.
At HEDS we recognize the financial realities that many colleges and universities face, and we strive to make our services affordable:
- The annual membership fee is $2,500.
- The base survey cost for HEDS members is never more than $500, and some are free with membership. The price of surveys for HEDS members has not risen in ten years. The price of any of our surveys for non-members is $2,000.
- Phone consultations are free to members.
- Site visits of five days or less are a flat fee of $2,000 plus expenses for HEDS members.
To learn more about what is available to our members, please visit our Membership Benefits page or download this shareable PFD about HEDS membership.