PEDAR: Research Methodology A Profile of Participation in Distance Education: 1999-2000
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
Accuracy of Estimtes
Data Analysis Systems
Statistical Procedures
Differences Between Means
Adjustment of Means to Control for Background Variation
Executive Summary
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study

The 1999-2000 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000) is a comprehensive nationwide study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to determine how students and their families pay for postsecondary education.1 It also describes demographic and other characteristics of students enrolled. The study is based on a nationally representative sample of all students in postsecondary education institutions, including undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional students. For NPSAS:2000, information was obtained from more than 900 postsecondary institutions on approximately 50,000 undergraduate, 9,000 graduate, and 3,000 first-professional
students. They represented about 16.5 million undergraduates, 2.4 million graduate students, and 300,000 first-professional students who were enrolled at some time between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000.2

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