Note: Data files more than 10 years old may be downloaded from the CIRP Data Archives. Institutions that have participated in our surveys may order Custom Reports and Data Files of their institutional data without submitting a research proposal. Researchers from non-participating institutions may also order Custom Reports without submitting a research proposal. To gain access to HERI survey data, all researchers must submit a written proposal and have the proposal approved by following the steps below.
Obtaining Approval for Use of HERI Data
The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) encourages research and scholarly inquiry using the hundreds of data files for research on post-secondary education that HERI maintains. Individuals interested in using HERI data must submit a proposal for data access and should demonstrate a clear idea of the specific project they wish to pursue. When reviewing proposals, HERI staff evaluate whether:
There are fees associated with access to HERI datasets. Please contact HERI to discuss study related costs.
Institutional Review Board Approval
Researchers from outside of UCLA must also obtain approval from their own institutional review boards as appropriate. Any necessary local IRB approval can be obtained after HERI approves the project. It is the responsibility of the investigator to determine if local IRB approval is necessary.
Approval by HERI does not carry with it any commitment to facilitate the execution of the project beyond access to and descriptions of the data.
HERI will only provide investigators with data files that do not contain individual or institutional identifiers. Datasets that are available for use by scholars outside HERI are those that are three years and older. Currently this means that YFCY, CSS, and DLE datasets up to and including the 2010 administration are available. Freshman Survey data up to and including the fall 2009 are available for data access.
Terms of Approval
Data access is granted for a period of one year from when the data is received. If access to the data is needed for more than one year, a written request for access to the data for a second year is required and must be made prior to the original data access expiration date. After two years, data access expires. If access to the data is still needed, a written status update is required and a formal request for an extension of an approved project. Extension requests must be made prior to the end of the second year expiration date and require approval from the full data access committee. If approved, extensions grant access to the data for a third and final year.
The investigator(s) must submit an electronic copy to HERI of any and all reports, presentations, and publications based on the data at the time of publication/presentation. HERI reserves the right to disseminate your findings on its website in a form compatible with any copyright agreement, if any.
YOUR 3-4 PAGE PROPOSAL MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS
Submitting your proposal
Please submit the following documents via email (preferred), fax or mail:
Additional requirements for student projects
Faculty Sponsors or Department Chairperson
When submitting your proposal, please allow sufficient time for HERI to review your project and ask for clarifications. Proposals are reviewed monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. Proposals must be received a week before (the second Wednesday of the month) in order to be considered in that monthly cycle. You will be notified shortly after that meeting about the status of your proposal.