ERIC Number: ED417196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot Test of IPEDS Finance Survey. Working Paper Series.
Hunt, Ray C., Jr.; Budak, Susan E.
The Private Institution Pretest Finance Survey (Pretest Survey) of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) was sent to a sample of 1,000 private colleges and universities for the fiscal year 1996. As of May 1997, the Bureau of the Census, administering the survey, had received and completed edit checks for about 50% of the institutions. This pilot test study provides a comprehensive review of 36 of the institutional responses to the Pretest Survey. The pilot test analysis consists of a detailed comparison of the data for each of the Pretest Survey participants with the institutional general purpose financial statement information. In addition, a line-by-line comparison of the Pretest revenue and expense data with the revenues, expenditures, and transfers reported in the IPEDS Finance Survey for 1996. These analyses were conducted to determine the extent to which data requirements of the Pretest Survey coincide with information in the general purpose finance statements, the extent to which the data provide information necessary to approximate expenditure and revenue data in the IPEDS Finance Survey, and the extent to which Pretest Survey requirements presented a significant reporting burden and how to reduce this burden. From the two comparisons and questionnaire results, preliminary recommendations for changes in the survey form, definitions, and instructions were prepared, and are presented for review and comment by a technical review panel. While Pretest Survey totals agreed with institutional financial statements, differences in individual categories occurred in virtually all institutions in the pilot test. The proposed changes should help resolve these and other discrepancies. Six appendixes contain materials used in survey development and the Pretest and IPED survey forms. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Finance, Expenditures, Income, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Questionnaires, Research Methodology
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5654.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.