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National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF-88): Institutional Survey Data File, 1988 (ICPSR 2182)

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


This survey collected data from institutional-level respondents on issues such as faculty composition, turnover, recruitment, retention, and tenure policies. A stratified random sample of institutions was selected from the 1987 Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System file and consisted of 480 colleges and universities. It was intended that this survey be repeated periodically, so that changes over time in faculty characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes could be assessed.

Series: National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. NATIONAL SURVEY OF POSTSECONDARY FACULTY (NSOPF-88): INSTITUTIONAL SURVEY DATA FILE, 1988. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02182.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02182.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic tenure, college faculty, employee benefits, higher education, population characteristics, postsecondary education, teacher attitudes, teacher recruitment, teaching conditions, wages and salaries, work attitudes, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    Nonproprietary two- and four-year institutions whose accreditation at the higher education level was recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook and data collection instrument are 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.


Sample:    A stratified random sample of 480 postsecondary institutions.

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:   2001-11-16

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