Graduate Student Survey
THIS IS A SURVEY IN THE ACADEMIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SURVEY SYSTEM OF THE
DIVISION OF SCIENCE RESOURCES STUDIES.
What is the Division of Science Resources Studies?
The Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS), part of the National Science
Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science, gathers
and analyzes data on science and engineering (S&E) resources in each sector of
the economy and at the national and international levels. Decisions by Federal
and State agencies, industry, and academic officials on the allocation of
resources are often based on data collected by SRS.
Congress has directed NSF to provide "a central clearinghouse for the
collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering
resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other
agencies of the Federal Government. . . . " In response, SRS conducts annual
surveys of the nation's universities and colleges focusing on graduate S&E
enrollment, research and development (R&D) expenditures, and Federal agencies'
support of academic S&E and other activities. Three surveys currently collect
data on universities and colleges in compatible formats:
In addition to the three surveys conducted under the general congressional
mandate, SRS also conducts two surveys in response to specific congressional
directives on the status of academic research instrumentation and the condition
of academic research facilities.
These data are not collected anywhere else.
Why are these data collected?
The data that universities and colleges provide to SRS contribute to decisions
affecting higher education. Congress, the Executive Branch, and education
associations use institutional and summary data. Each participating institution
receives its own "profile," showing trend data based on its responses to all of
the academic S&:E surveys. On request, NSF also sends profiles of peer
institutions, making it possible to compare similar institutions for planning
and recruiting. Detailed data are made available to institutional, Federal,
State, and other policy analysts in statistical tables and are also available in
various electronic formats, such as the Documents Online
System and the Computer-Aided Science Policy Analysis and Research
(CASPAR) database available on CD-ROM.
Data from these surveys also appear in the following NSF publications:
- Science and Engineering Indicators
- National Patterns of Science and Technology Resources
- Science and Technology Data Book
Why should your institution respond to these surveys?
By providing accurate data, you can ensure your institution's representation in
data used by Federal and State decisionmakers. You will also find the data
useful for comparing your institution with others in your State or region.
Also, since industrial firms use SRS data in preparing for employment recruiting
visits to universities and colleges, your participation in the survey provides
employment opportunities for your graduates.
In summary, the surveys produce a unique information base for decisions at all
levels. We appreciate your participation.