Data Analysis

Department of
Institutional Research & Analytics

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Current National Data Collections

Each of the following data collections are housed within the Department of Institutional Research & Analytics at ASEE. The first two surveys are conducted every year and the third is conducted every other year.

Profile of Engineering and Engineering Technology: Annual Survey of nearly 300 colleges of engineering and engineering technology. This survey includes demographically detailed and discipline level information from Enrollment, Degrees Awarded, Tenure-track Faculty, Research Expenditures, and other directory information (up to 22k data points from each institution).

Engineering Faculty Salary Survey: Engineering faculty salary distribution collected by rank and engineering discipline. Opened in January each year and closed early to mid-April. Provides salary distribution statistics by engineering discipline for all participating institutions, private, public and US News Top 50.  On average, over 120 institutions participate.

Retention and Time-to-completion Survey: Bi-annual survey of engineering retention and time-to-completions rates reported by gender and race/ethnicity for undergraduate engineering programs.

Current Externally Funded Projects

For those projects currently funded, we are definitely interested in ideas or partnerships that come under the project objectives. There is the potential to seek new funding (for a separate project) or supplemental funding (under one of the currently funded grants).  

Profiles of Technical Workforce Programs and Students at Two-Year Colleges Engineering (2020-2023): To maintain and expand the nation's skilled technical workforce, it is essential to understand how technician education programs at two-year institutions support students' academic and career pathways. However, significant gaps exist in the data needed to build this understanding. To address this gap, this project will develop and test a centralized system to collect the needed data. It will also develop a state-of-the-art visualization system to display and explore this data. These resources are intended to: (a) support peer, regional, national, and impact analyses of engineering-oriented technician programs; (b) make data available to federal and state agencies and researchers focused on STEM workforce issues; and (c) create a national digital directory of engineering-oriented technician programs at two-year colleges. This effort builds on the American Society for Engineering's Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges Survey, which focuses on programs at four-year institutions. In addition, it responds to the National Science Board's call for filling such data gaps, described in its report: The Skilled Technical Workforce: Crafting America's Science and Engineering Enterprise.

The goals of the project are to: (1) develop and test a survey instrument and administration process for standardizing and collecting information on engineering-oriented technician programs at two-year institutions; (2) augment primary data collection with existing data sources; (3) design a common taxonomy and directory describing the types of two-year engineering degrees and certificates offered nationally; and (4) create and maintain an interactive data visualization system to analyze engineering-oriented technician programs at two-year institutions for peer, regional, and national comparisons. The project will implement a centralized data gathering effort that includes survey design/administration, sampling, and item analyses for reliability and validity. Additional data acquisition activities include linking existing data files to other data repositories and to primary survey data, including development of the algorithms required to accomplish linking of these independent data sources. Data visualization activities include the use data analytics and other approaches to facilitate the understanding of large, complex data sets. A national Advisory Board will guide project activities and evaluate their impact.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Engineering Programs (2020-2022): This supplement is proposed to collect information on decisions, dates, and campus interventions for instructional activities, student support and research operations by engineering programs in response to the pandemic through the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges Survey (“Profiles”). This project will produce the following deliverables:

(1) COVID-19 Profiles Section: A new section of Profiles that will be mined for insights to inform how engineering education has changed in the immediate wake of COVID-19. At the end of the 2020 survey cycle, the questions will be evaluated for continued inclusion in the Profiles survey to measure longitudinal effects of the pandemic.

(2) COVID-19 and Engineering Education: A report that maps the immediate effects of the pandemic on engineering instructional and research operations in the United States.

(3) Dashboards: A set of publicly available interactive dashboards to allow for visualization and exploration of the data collected in this project.

(4) Aggregate Data about COVID-19 and Institutional Response: publicly available aggregate data from institutional responses to allow leaders in the engineering workforce and policy makers to make data-driven decisions.

MIDFIELD (2022-2024): ASEE is currently planning the transition of the MIDFIELD data collection from the current project team at Purdue to the ASEE. The Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Development (MIDFIELD) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation developed to be a partnership between higher education institutions with engineering programs.  The database was started in 2004 expanding the database developed from the NSF-sponsored Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED) longitudinal database.  MIDFIELD contains student record data from 1988-2018 for all undergraduate, degree-seeking students attending participating institutions. We will replace the retention survey with this data set and integrating this data into our Profiles survey.

Current Reports

2021. Engineering by the Numbers (with a special focus on COVID). Joseph Roy.

2020. COVID-19 and its Effect on Graduate Admissions Requirements for Engineering Programs.

2020. COVID-19 & Engineering Education: An Interim Report on the Community Response to the Pandemic and Racial Justice. Mark Matthews, Joseph Roy & Carolyn Wilson.


Current Dashboards

Engineering Dean’s Gender Equity Project Data

Engineering Deans’ Gender Equity Project URM Data

Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology

Freshman Engineering Enrollment & COVID-19  



Institutional Research & Analytics Staff

Joseph Roy, Ph.D. Director, Institutional Research & Analytics.

Angela Erdiaw-Kwasie, Senior Data Analyst

Tim King, Data Collections Support Specialist