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Dashboard for Higher Ed Surveys Debuts

New America has released an online repository for public opinion surveys through an interactive dashboard designed for researchers, journalists and policymakers.

HigherEd Polling Dashboard

New America, a think tank in Washington, D.C., is looking to address the challenge of finding surveys that address specific topics. The HigherEd Polling Dashboard is an interactive online repository of public opinion surveys conducted by journalism outlets, think tanks and colleges.

Users can search or filter for specific surveys that address different topic areas. The surveys can be filtered down to published year, sample size and demographics to get more exact search results, and are available to download. The dashboard currently hosts 70 public opinion surveys that have been conducted on higher education since 2010, and new surveys are expected to be added regularly.

"There are many surveys out there on higher education, but to find the exact survey that discusses the subject you care about can take more time than expected. The task can be more challenging if you want to find multiple surveys on the same issues that have been conducted over time, since these surveys (if not conducted by the same organization) tend to be scattered in different sources," said Sophie Nguyen, a program associate for the Higher Education Initiative at New America, in a blog post.

The HigherEd Polling Dashboard is not an exhaustive source of surveys on higher education. Interested parties are invited to send relevant studies that should be added to the dashboard to nguyens@newamerica.org.

The full dashboard can be viewed here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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