HEDS facilitates the exchange of data and professional knowledge among member institutions in an atmosphere of trust, collegiality, and assured confidentiality.

What kinds of data do HEDS institutions share?

HEDS collects and shares institutional data, public data sets, third-party survey data, and data from HEDS surveys. HEDS also sponsors opportunities for representatives from member institutions to collaborate on using data.

HEDS member institutions have the opportunity to share data on:

  • Retention – Data on retention rates, momentum measures, and graduation rates.
  • Post-Graduation Outcomes – Data on post-graduate student outcomes within six months of graduation, including employment, continuing education, service, and salary.
  • Common Data Sets (CDS) – Data member institutions submit to the Common Data Set Initiative.
  • Faculty Compensation – Data on faculty salaries and benefits.
  • Number of Deposits – Data on first-year, transfer, and other student deposits on pre-set dates from May to August.
  • Tuition Discounting – Tuition discounting data for full-time, undergraduate students.
  • Starting Salaries – Data on baseline, entry-level salary and benefits for assistant professors and the per-course, base salary for adjuncts.

The HEDS staff facilitates the collection, analyzing, formatting, and sharing of these data.

HEDS institutions can participate in some HEDS surveys at no cost, and pay a deeply discounted rate of $500 for the rest. The price of any of our surveys for non-member institutions is $2,100. Our unique surveys include:

Learn more about HEDS surveys here.

HEDS pulls data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates to create the Baccalaureate Origins of Doctorates for our members. This Excel file contains overall and discipline-specific data on the proportion of students from over 1,600 public and private institutions who go on to earn PhDs. We update this information every three years. The last update was in 2019–2020.

HEDS member institutions also have the option of sharing individual- and institution-level data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR).  The HEDS staff will collect data directly from NSSE for the institutions that want to participate. In addition to sharing unit record data from the survey, HEDS creates a summary report on key data elements.

How do we collaborate?

As a collaborative community we work with our member institutions to develop or revise surveys, data exchanges, and other services that help you gather the data and knowledge you need. Our responsive staff is ready and willing to work with you to make the most of your HEDS membership.

The HEDS Consortium sponsors opportunities for representatives from member institutions to collaborate and learn from one another through the following:

 The Student Success Champions Program:

The Student Success Champions Program advances student success efforts at HEDS institutions by helping participants develop leadership and change management skills. Champions will collaborate with each other, the HEDS Directors and staff, HEDS Board members, and other leaders with experience in institutional improvement. The program is open to any employee at a HEDS institution—including faculty, student affairs professionals, administrators, assessment professionals, and institutional researchers—who is leading a student success project. Learn more about the HEDS Student Success Champions Program.

 HEDS Research Projects:

HEDS supports research projects led by people at HEDS institutions. We can connect you to a current project or help you develop your own. Learn more about current HEDS Research Projects.

The HEDS Annual Conference:

We designed the HEDS Annual Conference around the idea that the best way to help someone make a difference at their institution is to connect them with others who are tackling the same tough issues. The conference’s casual, relaxed atmosphere allows people from a wide variety of institutions the chance to meet, talk, and share ideas. Learn more about the HEDS Annual Conference

An Active Listserv:

The HEDS listserv is how we keep our member community informed about consortium happenings. It is also how our member institutions communicate with each other. Listserv participants from diverse backgrounds, expertise, and roles post questions around a wide range of topics that help them answer the pressing questions they face in their work.

How do we ensure that HEDS institutions won’t disclose each other’s confidential data?

When institutions join HEDS, their representatives agree that they will:

Use data from other institutions only for their own internal efforts to more fully enact their mission.
Only share these data discretely with audiences inside their institutions.
Not share these data with audiences outside of the consortium.