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NPEC - Sample Surveys Focus and Activities

NPEC - Sample Surveys is responsible for developing a research and development agenda for Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education sample surveys and longitudinal studies, including the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS), and the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B). NPEC-S anticipates addressing a subset of the following issues in 2012-2015:

  • The feasibility of a nationally-representative study of student learning, presumably following a cohort of secondary students for a period of no fewer than six years;
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of shortening the periodicity of NPSAS from four years to two years, including potential consequences for its longitudinal follow-up studies; and/or
  • Evaluating the breadth and quality of information collected by NCES and the National Science Foundation on key topics related to STEM education and the STEM workforce, and resulting implications for existing and new collections.