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Title:  Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Human Resources Data Quality Study
Description: The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability and quality of human resources (HR) data collected through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from postsecondary institutions in the academic year 2004-2005. The 2004-05 IPEDS HR data collected in the Salaries (SA) and Employees by Assigned Position (EAP) components were compared to HR data from several external sources. An assessment of the 2004-05 IPEDS Fall Staff component was also made; however, the assessment involving the Fall Staff component differed from the assessment involving the IPEDS SA and EAP components because the reporting of Fall Staff data was optional in 2004-05 while the reporting of SA and EAP data was required in 2004-05 for Title IV institutions that met the minimum criteria for applicability. After taking definitional differences, data elements, and comparable institutions into consideration, HR data from the IPEDS SA component and HR data from the external sources were fairly consistent with one another. Where data for 9/10- and 11/12-month full-time faculty members could be separated, data for 9/10-month faculty members were more consistent between the data sources while data for 11/12-month faculty were somewhat less consistent. Detailed data (by gender and academic rank) were less likely to be consistent from one report to another than were overall totals or averages. The HR data from the IPEDS EAP component that were compared to the HR data from the external sources revealed very small to large differences depending on the data element evaluated. The analysis of the executive/administrative/managerial staff reported to IPEDS and to external sources revealed large differences, which were most likely related to the lack of common definitions between the sources. Overall, the 2004-05 optional year Fall Staff component data were at least as accurate as the original 2003-04 required year data submissions for both degree- and non-degree-granting institutions.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: May 2008
Web Release: May 5, 2008
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2008150
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Technical/Methodological Report
Survey/Program Areas: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Postsecondary Education
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