Membership in the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)
HEDS is a group of colleges and universities that are committed to using evidence to advance liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.
HEDS welcomes all colleges and universities—privates and publics, both 2-year and 4-year—to join us in advancing these outcomes for our students.
What institutions are eligible for HEDS membership?
Any college or university that:
Is nonprofit and regionally accredited
Grants undergraduate degrees or certificates
Is committed to advancing liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success
The directors of HEDS have been working for over twenty years on improving student success and liberal arts education. Lessons from their work inform the design of HEDS surveys, reports, workshops and conferences, and the efforts of the HEDS staff to help member institutions use evidence to strengthen their learning and teaching environments.
HEDS is a learning community of colleagues who have a broad range of experiences and understand the challenges of using evidence for improvement at institutions. HEDS activities include:
- A listserv that allows you to reach out to your colleagues to discuss data, techniques, and other useful information for just-in-time answers and problem solving.
- Regional workshops and the HEDS annual conference that focus on assessment, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and improving student learning at colleges and universities.
HEDS also offers a range of services designed to help institutions improve. Among these services are several student success, educational impact, and campus climate surveys to help institutions assess their students’ goals and needs, the quality and impact of their programs, and the strengths and weaknesses of their campus climate.
HEDS creates interactive data files that allow you to easily form custom institutional comparisons. Some of these files, such as the baccalaureate origins of earned doctorates, include the entire universe of higher education institutions. Other interactive files, including retention, first destination data, starting faculty salaries, overall faculty compensation, and tuition discounting, include data from HEDS institutions that have opted to share that information. There is no charge for these files. A current list and description of these exchanges can be found here.
HEDS provides consultation in areas related to our mission, such as understanding and using survey results; program and grant evaluation; faculty and staff development on using evidence to improve student learning.
HEDS offers a variety of workshops on topics including: developing effective assessment processes; training students to lead focus groups with their peers to gather assessment evidence; helping department chairs and program directors effectively and efficiently guide assessment; and developing the skills of assessment leaders as institutional change agents.
At HEDS we recognize the financial realities that many colleges and universities face, and we strive to make our services affordable:
- The annual membership fee is $2,500.
- The base survey cost for HEDS members is never more than $500, and some are free with membership. The price of surveys for HEDS members has not risen in ten years. The price of any of our surveys for non-members is $2,100.
- Phone consultations are free to members.
- Site visits of five days or less are a flat fee of $2,000 plus expenses for HEDS members.
To learn more about what is available to our members, please visit our Membership Benefits page or download this shareable PFD about HEDS membership.