NCES Data Institute

NCES Data Institute: Using IPEDS, Sample Surveys, and Federal Datasets
to Support Research on Postsecondary Education

June 20 - 22, 2016
Washington, D.C.

This status message was last updated on February 22, 2016

Call for Applications is Closed

Important Dates:

February 22, 2016 - NCES Data Institute (NDI) guidelines available and Call for Applications opens

March 31, 2016 - Application deadline‚Äč (11:59 pm EDT)

April 15, 2016 - Decisions announced to applicants via email


With support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates the NCES Data Institute: Using IPEDS, Sample Surveys, and 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.

The NCES Data Institute (NDI) aims to achieve four 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;
  • and Encourage collaborative research studies between participants and agency staff to improve future IPEDS data collection and analysis.

The NCES Data Institute (NDI) is open to individuals looking to:

  • Increase their knowledge of IPEDS and other NCES federal datasets;
  • Understand how federal data are utilized in postsecondary education research;
  • and 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.


Attendee selection is based on a brief application. All applications must be submitted online. View the NCES Data Institute (NDI) guidelines for additional details including: Institute highlights, application questions and rubric, selection process, and preparation for and expectations of attendance.‚Äč