ERIC Number: ED394405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Advances in Statewide Higher Education Data Systems.
Russell, Alene Bycer
This report offers comprehensive information about the current capabilities of statewide higher education student data systems including the scope of these systems, what information is collected, and how information is used. The report provides analysis of student tracking systems and data sharing across agencies. It addresses protection of the confidentiality of student records and how current and future technological advances affect higher education data systems. Information was gathered from a 1995 survey of members of the Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Findings indicated that comprehensive statewide databases were found in 32 states, non-comprehensive databases were found in 5 states, and 9 states had no multi-institutional databases in existence. Data collected usually focused on enrollment and completion information; student course data was also commonly collected. Respondents expressed some concerns about confidentiality, but generally saw the benefits of statewide information sources as overcoming confidentiality concerns. Statewide database systems were seen as reducing the reporting burden on institutions, improving policy decisions, and providing more data for institutional planning. Personnel data systems are also briefly discussed. Appendixes include a copy of the survey instrument, state-by-state tables, and a list of data system contacts. (Author/NAV)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Confidentiality, Data Collection, Database Design, Database Management Systems, Higher Education, Information Management, Information Sources, Institutional Cooperation, National Surveys, Recordkeeping, Research Tools, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning
SHEEO, 707 Seventeenth St., Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 ($10 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.