NCES Data Institute

NCES Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education

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Call for Applications Opens February 1, 2017

With support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates the NCES Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education. The Institute is an intensive introduction to NCES datasets and research methodologies using large-scale national data sources.

Attendee selection is based on a brief application. All applications must be submitted online. NCES Data Institute (NDI) guidelines containing additional details (Institute highlights, application questions and rubric, selection process, and preparation for and expectations of attendance) will be made available on February 1, 2017.​

Important Dates

  • February 1, 2017 - NCES Data Institute (NDI) guidelines available and Call for Applications opens
  • March 15, 2017 - Application deadline​ (11:59 pm EDT)
  • April 7, 2017 - Decisions announced to applicants via email

Major Objectives

  • Stimulate interest in using IPEDS, Sample Surveys, and other federal data to address current and future research questions in institutional research, the social sciences, and education
  • Instruct participants in the methods of using IPEDS, Sample Surveys, and other federal data to conduct analyses
  • Enhance understanding about methodological and technological issues relevant to IPEDS and national sample survey data collections
  • Encourage collaborative research studies between participants and agency staff to improve future IPEDS data collection and analysis

Criteria

The process is open to those who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge of IPEDS and other NCES federal datasets
  • Understand how federal data are utilized in postsecondary education research
  • Begin forming their own research questions to improve decision-making and success in higher education

Note: The intended audience includes institutional research professionals, faculty, graduate students, staff from state and federal agencies, and national associations. Participants must be affiliated with a U.S. postsecondary education institution, U.S. state or federal agency, or U.S. affiliated higher education association or non-profit entity.