2022 Application Process Opens September 27
For more information about the application process and requirements, download the guidelines document (PDF).
- Wednesday, October 27, 2021: Application deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET
- Monday, January 3, 2022: Applicants will be notified via email from AIR
About the Institute
The NCES Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education (Institute) provides an intensive introduction to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) datasets and research methodologies.
The Institute is ideal for:
- Graduate students
- Early- to mid-career IR professionals
- Staff from state and federal agencies and other higher education organizations.
The Institute is limited to 30 participants who'd like to:
- Increase their knowledge of IPEDS and other NCES datasets
- Apply their new knowledge of IPEDS and other NCES datasets in a group setting
- Understand how federal data are utilized in postsecondary education research
- Form their own higher education research agendas
Read more about the Institute from two past participants.
2022 Institute Components*
- 5-week online course
- 16-week group capstone project
- 3-day face-to-face meeting in Washington D.C.
*Each of these components builds on one another to create a holistic learning experience. Participants are required to participate in and complete all elements of the Institute.
Cost: While there is no charge for any component of the Institute, participants are responsible for the cost to attend the face-to-face meeting (travel, lodging, and meals).
January 18 – February 18, 2022
5-week online course
Prior to starting the course, participants are assigned to a research group. Course material includes:
- An intensive introduction to NCES datasets
- An introduction to research methodologies when using national datasets
- Exercises that reinforce the content and allow participants to apply their new knowledge
February 21 – June 10, 2022
16-week capstone project
Immediately following completion of the online course, each research group—with guidance from mentors—works together to complete a research project, which includes:
- Exploring potential research topics
- Conducting a literature review
- Developing a group research question
- Identifying relevant NCES datasets
- Performing analysis using public-use data
- Writing an executive summary
- Preparing a PowerPoint presentation
June 14–16, 2022
3-day face-to-face meeting in Washington D.C.
This collaborative and interactive meeting builds on the knowledge participants gained during the online course and capstone project. The meeting features:
- An orientation to the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), NCES, and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).
- Panel discussions and speaker presentations on topics such as higher education research, publishing, the role of the higher education community, and policy.
- An opportunity for groups to present their research projects to NCES and all meeting participants.
- Dedicated time for research groups to refine their projects based on feedback from NCES staff and fellow participants.
- Time to develop plans to complete the projects and discuss the potential for dissemination of results after the Institute through conference presentations and/or publications.
The Institute is supported by NCES and is developed and operated by AIR.
Questions? Email NCESDataInstitute@airweb.org or call 850-391-7109.