Jack, I am responsible for the Graduate surveys here at The University of
Alabama and am finding the burden increasing as well. In a few instances
the CDS may be useful, but generally the Graduate surveys go out into
other areas and dimensions that require an inordinate amount of time to
complete. I'm with you; I think there should be some type of coordination
among these surveys as well. Who might do this, or who might be
responsible is a very good question. Perhaps we could start with the
Higher Education Data Policy committee for AIR.......maybe they could
get something started or, at least, do a little "leg-work" in terms of making
some contacts.

Bill Fendley






Subject: [cds] Graduate Surveys
Date sent: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 09:00:53 -0500
From: "Mahoney, Jack" <mahonj@rpi.edu>
To: "Common Data Set" <cds@cb1nyo.cblist.org>
Send reply to: cds@cblist.org

> I am curious whether any of you are also responsible for completion of
> surveys at the graduate level at your institution. Yesterday I received
> the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS/GRE) survey, roughly 60 pages broken
> down by disciplines that do not even correspond to the CIP codes. Soon I
> will receive the dreaded Peterson's monster graduate survey, a 75-page
> survey printed on 11x17 paper with a font that requires a microscope. And
> there are many others at the graduate level that will soon cross my desk,
> each time asking similar questions but in a slightly different
> array/format.
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> I realize that graduate education is different, and often so
> decentralized as to require that surveys be sent to individual academic
> departments for completion. But has there ever been any move to develop a
> common data set for graduate education? This is getting ridiculous.
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> Jack Mahoney
>
> Director, Enrollment & Institute Research
>
> Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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> 110 8th Street
>
> 4010 Walker
>
> Troy, NY 12180-3590
>
> Phone: 518-276-6790
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> Fax: 518-276-8062
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>


William R. Fendley, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Research and Assessment
The University of Alabama
Box 870166
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0166

205-348-7204 (telephone)
205-348-7208 (fax)