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Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) XX: Financial Statistics of Institutions of Higher Education for Fiscal Year 1985 (ICPSR 2109)

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


The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) series was designed to provide comprehensive information on various aspects of postsecondary education in the United States and its territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Marshall Islands) and Department of Defense schools outside the United States. The HEGIS Financial Statistics component for 1985 was distributed to 3,379 colleges and universities. Variables include current funds revenues and expenditures, physical plant assets and indebtedness, endowment assets, and current fund balances

Series: Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. HIGHER EDUCATION GENERAL INFORMATION SURVEY (HEGIS) XX: FINANCIAL STATISTICS OF INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 1985. ICPSR02109-v1. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    colleges, community colleges, educational facilities, expenditures, financial management, financial policy, funding, higher education, universities

Geographic Coverage:    American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985

Universe:    All postsecondary institutions operating during 1985 in the United States and its territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Marshall Islands) and Department of Defense schools outside of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The record count for this study is 118,393 and the finance survey forms were mailed to the 3,379 institutions in the HEGIS universe. Final edited data are on file for 2,959 reporting units. Data for 370 of the non-respondents (Attachment A) were imputed (estimated) using their HEGIS XIX data. (The data on revenues and expenditures were inflated using the 1985 Higher Education Price Index, while the remaining data were adjusted using national averages). The remaining 50 non-respondents (Attachment B) were placed on the Master File with zero-filled data in Part A, Line 01, since no data were available for the previous year. One hundred sixty-three responding systems or institutions submitted data for non-campus entities or combined data and they are identified by a "1" entered in record position 161 and by a "3" in positions 155-160. (2) The numeric data fields (Position 83-148) are regular signed numeric fields. The documentation states that the sign is in the first position for each cell. In order to be able to read the data properly, users should follow the following coding system: Letters A-I = 1 to 9 and are considered positive numbers, Letters J-R = -1 to -9 and are considered negative numbers, { = 0 and is considered a positive number, and } = 0 and is considered a negative number.


Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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:   2004-10-29

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