ERIC Number: ED414341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1995-96 (NPSAS:96), Methodology Report. Technical Report.
Riccobono, John A.; Whitmore, Roy W.; Gabel, Timothy J.; Traccarella, Mark A.; Pratt, Daniel J.; Berkner, Lutz K.; Malizio, Andrew G.
This report describes the methods and procedures used for the 1996 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:96). NPSAS:96, which surveyed over 830 postsecondary education institutions and over 34,000 students and parents, included important changes from previous NPSAS studies conducted in 1987, 1990, and 1993 in its sample design and data collection. For example, this current study is the first to use a single-stage institutional sampling design and to select a subsample of students for telephone interviews. It is also the first of the NPSAS studies to take full advantage of extant data maintained in government data files. The introductory chapter describes the background, objectives, methodological issues, and products of the NPSAS:96. In chapter 2, study design and method are summarized. Descriptions and overall outcomes of the stages of data collection are presented in chapter 3. Chapter 4 presents evaluations of procedures used to collect information from institutions, students, and parents, and examines issues related to the quality of data collected. Chapter 5 provides descriptions of data editing, coding, variable construction, and other activities associated with producing data files. The final chapter describes the analysis weight construction and identifies the precision of study estimates. Materials used during the NPSAS:96 survey and related supporting material are provided as 10 appendixes. (Contains 57 tables and 12 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.