ERIC Number: ED212224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-28
Reference Count: 0
Who Uses Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) Data for What Purposes.
Andrew, Loyd D.; And Others
Results of the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) evaluation of its collection of data for the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) are examined. Concerns regarding accuracy, timeliness, and uses of HEGIS data collection are addressed. To review the literature of higher education and publications concerned with some aspect of the impact of higher education on American society, a conventional review was conducted to determine trends in uses of the data, and a statistical sample of the appropriate literature was drawn to determine the level of use. More than 70 interviews were conducted with different types of users and contributers to HEGIS. Additionally, a sample of states and institutions within those states, and a second sample drawn from the log of purchasers of HEGIS data, also were surveyed. The findings suggest that the major impediments to the users of HEGIS data are lack of timely release, lack of knowledge about the availability of the data except among a small coterie of users, and start-up costs for new users of HEGIS computer tape files. It is recommended that NCES should give high priority to collecting and/or disseminating more data for evaluating the impact of financial aid programs and for developing policy in this area. Additional recommendations include: universe data should continue to be collected; data should continue to be collected yearly; the collection and dissemination of facility and library data should be scheduled regularly; provision should be made for including data from the tardy institutions both in hard copy publications and machine data files; and the NCES should give increased attention to improving the dissemination of HEGIS data. Data are presented that indicate the percentage of higher education publications that use HEGIS data for various purposes. (SW)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Data Collection, Databases, Educational Research, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Literature Reviews, Program Evaluation, Publications, Statistical Surveys, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Higher Education General Information Survey; National Center for Education Statistics
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (Charlotte, NC, October 28-30, 1981).