Membership in the Higher Education Data Consortium (HEDS)

Why join HEDS?

HEDS (the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium) is a group of private colleges and universities that are committed to using evidence to advance liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

HEDS institutions are diverse. They range from small, residential liberal arts colleges with student bodies under five hundred to mid-size institutions with thousands of undergraduates, and a blend of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs. What they have in common is a commitment to sharing data, knowledge, and expertise to make liberal arts education powerful and inclusive.

Who can join HEDS?

Any college or university that:

Is private, nonprofit, and regionally accredited

Grants bachelor’s degrees

Is committed to effective undergraduate liberal arts education

HEDS offers:

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 seven 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.

HEDS recognizes the financial realities of many small colleges and universities. We are committed to keeping institutional costs in mind and strive to keep our services affordable. Annual membership dues for HEDS are $3,100. Dues have not increased in five years. The price of our surveys for non-members is $1,800. HEDS members pay $500. The price of surveys for HEDS members has not changed in ten years. HEDS institutions also receive a 20% discount on all Center of Inquiry assessment, evaluation, faculty development, and curricular revision programs and services.

How much does it cost to join HEDS?

The annual membership fee for HEDS is $3,100. See a list of current member institutions.

If your institution is interested in joining HEDS, please contact:

Director of HEDS, Charles Blaich.