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Using the American Community Survey as the Sampling Frame for the National Survey of College Graduates

Working Paper | NCSES 12-201 | August 2012 | PDF format. Full Publication (270K)

by Ronald S. Fecso (formerly Division of Science Resources Statistics, National Science Foundation), Mary J. Frase (retired), and Nirmala Kannankutty (National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation)[1]

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Stephen Cohen,
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Disclaimer and Acknowledgments
Working papers are intended to report exploratory results of research and analysis undertaken by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this working paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This working paper has been released to inform interested parties of ongoing research or activities and to encourage further discussion of the topic.

The background work for this study was done by the Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS), the predecessor to NCSES. Section 505 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 renamed SRS as the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The ideas elaborated in this report were adapted from material prepared for the Panel on Assessing the Benefits of the American Community Survey for the Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council. The final report of the Panel, published in 2008, Using the American Community Survey for the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Workforce Statistics Programs, can be found at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12244. The report documents the choice of a panel design for NCSES's National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG) for the 2010 decade.

The initial draft of this paper was prepared by Ron Fecso, previously Chief Statistician at NSF/Division of Science Resources Statistics, and currently Chief Statistician of the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He began work on this paper at NSF and, with the approval of GAO, further work was done after he left NSF. Further revisions to the paper were made by Mary Frase and Nirmala Kannankutty.



Footnote

[1]  Please contact Stephen Cohen (scohen@nsf.gov), Chief Statistician, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), regarding questions on this paper. The initial draft was prepared by Ronald S. Fecso, previously Chief Statistician, and currently Chief Statistician of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He began work on this paper at the National Science Foundation (NSF); with the approval of GAO, further work was done after he left NSF. Further revisions to the paper were made by Mary J. Frase and Nirmala Kannankutty.





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