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Program and Enrollments File: Postsecondary Career School Survey, 1981: [United States] (ICPSR 2385)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


This survey collected data from postsecondary institutions offering vocational education programs. This data file provides detailed information on the individual program offerings of the responding institutions, including enrollments and completions in various program categories and other outcomes. Information such as school name, city, ZIP code, sampling weight, and institutional and program characteristics are also contained in the file.

Series: Vocational Education Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. PROGRAM AND ENROLLMENTS FILE: POSTSECONDARY CAREER SCHOOL SURVEY, 1981: [UNITED STATES]. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02385.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02385.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    educational opportunities, educational programs, postsecondary education, school enrollments, vocational education, vocational schools

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980-07-01--1981-06-30

Universe:    Individual institutions offering vocational education programs.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This data collection does not contain records for schools considered active that did not respond to the survey (656 schools in this category were included in national tabulations based on imputed values). As a result, unweighted tabulations on all noncorrespondence schools will not match figures published by NCES. The sample survey did not include flight schools and other schools in the sampling frame. Nevertheless, long forms may be present in the file for such schools if they were located in a state requesting a special survey. Correspondence school data elements and long form staffing variables were not imputed if missing. Long form and short form programs and enrollments data were imputed if missing. (2) This study has different card types and segments and for this reason the number of records might vary for each case. There are also three different Form Types for the study, FORM 1 is the short form with 5,307 cases, FORM 2 is the long form with 1,675 cases, and FORM 3 is the Correspondence schools with 62 cases. (3) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Response Rates:    94 percent

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-06-10



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