ERIC Number: ED189947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Uses of National Data Systems by Institutional Researchers: Implications for the 1980's. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Brown, Kenneth G.; And Others
A research project underway at the University of Arizona is described, and the usefulness of the national data system of the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) to institutional researchers, as well as some drawbacks of the system, are considered. The need for institutions to have data on enrollment, budgets, and faculty/students that can be compared to other schools is noted. Technical and operational problems of HEGIS data tape use are examined and statistical tables illustrating the difficulties are included. An advantage of the HEGIS system is that data can be compared within any given year and, in many cases, longitudinally. The use of national data sources in building models to illuminate enrollment trends and isolate associated variables is illustrated by a University of Arizona project that was designed to formulate disaggregated national, regional, and state enrollment forecasts by enrollment-change categories and by institutlonal classification. The role of economic, societal, and institutional variables in enrollment trends is another focal area. The files for accomplishing this project have been assembled from HEGIS, Office of Education, and Census Bureau data. (SW)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Databases, Documentation, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Systems, Institutional Research, Predictor Variables, Research Projects, Statistical Data
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; Higher Education General Information Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).