ERIC Number: ED196347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Uses of HEGIS Data. Final Report.
Andrew, Loyd D.; And Others
An attempt was made to determine who uses data from the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and for what purposes. The study objective was to learn if HEGIS is a necessary and useful data base for determining the condition of higher education and developing policy. The quality of the HEGIS data perceived in terms of accuracy, timeliness, and characteristics of computer tapes and related documentation was determined, as was the need for universe data and annual surveys. Two literature reviews, more than 70 interviews of users and contributers to HEGIS, and surveys of two different populations of users were undertaken. Findings include the following: (1) HEGIS data have provided a foundation for the majority of reports and books that have affected public policy on higher education; (2) enrollment and financial data are used much more extensively than other survey data for analyzing the condition of higher education, policy analysis, and for making decisions at state and local levels; (3) accuracy has improved; (4) timeliness of data is seen as a major problem; (5) the uses of HEGIS data have increased significantly in recent years; (6) HEGIS data have not been used as extensively as they might in reporting on the condition of women and minorities in higher education; and (7) more data are wanted on student characteristics and financial aid. Recommendations, an extensive bibliography, a sample questionnaire, and a list of interview questions are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Databases, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Utilization, National Surveys, Public Policy, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
National Center for Education Statistics, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.