Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Data Definitions - H

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HEALTH SERVICES
CDS

Free or low cost on-campus primary and preventive health care available to students.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR RECOGNIZED EQUIVALENT
IPEDS/ CDS

A document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed secondary school program of studies, or the attainment of satisfactory scores on the GED or another state specified examination.

HIGHER EDUCATION GENERAL INFORMATION SURVEY (HEGIS)
IPEDS

The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) system was conducted by the NCES between 1966 and 1985. This system was comprised of several surveys of institutions that were accredited at the college level by an agency recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. These surveys collected institution-level data on such topics as institutional characteristics, enrollment, degrees conferred, salaries, employees, financial statistics, libraries, and others. HEGIS surveys were sent to approximately 3,400 accredited institutions of higher education.

HISPANIC (OLD DEFINITION)
IPEDS/ CDS

A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

HISPANIC OR LATINO (NEW DEFINITION)
IPEDS

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTION (HSI)
IPEDS

The Higher Education Act, 20 USCA Section 1101a defines a Hispanic-serving institution as an institution of higher education that (a) is an eligible institution; (b) at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students; and (c) provides assurances that not less than 50 percent of the institution's Hispanic students are low-income individuals. Note: low income is defined as 150% of the poverty level as determined by the Bureau of the Census at http://www.census.gov/hhes/poverty/povdef.html.

HOME STUDY
IPEDS

Method of instruction designed for students who live at a distance from the teaching institution. Instructional materials are provided to the student through various media with structured units of information, assigned exercises for practice, and examinations to measure achievement, which in turn are submitted to the teaching institution for evaluation, grade assignment, and the awarding of credit.

HONORS PROGRAM 
CDS

Any special program for very able students offering the opportunity for educational enrichment, independent study, acceleration, or some combination of these.

HOUSING CAPACITY
IPEDS

The maximum number of students for which an institution can provide residential facilities, whether on or off campus.

HOUSING PLAN (RESTRICTED) 
IPEDS

A fringe benefit that restricts beneficiaries to receive housing support only in institution-owned housing.

HUMAN RESOURCES (HR)
IPEDS

This component of IPEDS was formed in 2006 by combining three previously separate components: Employees by Assigned Position (EAP), Fall Staff (S), and Salaries (SA). This was done to avoid (or at least reduce) conflicting data which had occurred when collected separately. The information collected has remained basically the same, and the frequency of collection remains the same, i.e., the fall staff data is collected biennially in odd-numbered years.