The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) was conducted in response to a continuing need for data on faculty and instructors - persons who directly affect the quality of education in postsecondary institutions.

National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) Features

  • Nationally representative sample of full-and part-time faculty and instructional staff at public and private not-for-profit 2- and 4-year institutions in the United States
  • Designed to provide data about faculty and instructional staff to postsecondary education researchers and policymakers
  • Initially conducted during the 1987-88 school year and repeated in 1992–93, 1998–99, and 2003–04
  • There are no plans to repeat the study. Rather, NCES plans to provide technical assistance to state postsecondary data systems and to encourage the development of robust connections between faculty and student data systems so that key questions concerning faculty, instruction, and student outcomes – such as persistence and completion – can be addressed

NCES DataLab DataLab

Create tables and graphs quickly and efficiently.

Create complex tables and run linear and logistic regressions.

Create trend tables.