External Links

Local/State Organizations

Texas Education Agency - The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, created by the Texas Legislature, provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. THECB resources include:

60x30TX Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan
Texas Higher Education Accountability System
Texas Higher Education Data

Texas Demographic Center - The Texas Demographic Center functions as a focal point for the production, interpretation, and distribution of demographic information for Texas. 

Texas Association of Institutional Research - The Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) is the professional organization supporting institutional research, planning, evaluation, and policy analysis in Texas institutions of higher education. TAIR is an affiliated group of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR).

TexShare Library - TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise.

Vital Statistics Unit - The Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit maintains vital records for the state of Texas, including birth and death certificates, marriage applications, and divorce records.

National Organizations

American Council on Education - ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

American Education Research Association - The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

Association of Institutional Research - The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) supports higher education professionals in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and the strategic use of information for effective decision making and planning. 

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center, whose primary activities include research and writing. 

Higher Education Research Institute - The mission of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) is to inform educational policy and promote institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on college students.

Institute for Higher Education Policy - Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is committed to improving college access and success in higher education for all students - with a special focus on underserved populations - by providing timely research to inform public policy decisions.

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education - The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. 

National Council on Measurement in Education - The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. 

Society for College and University Planning - The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a community of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Southern Regional Education Board - The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public education, from early childhood through doctoral education.

Statistical Resources

ERIC - The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a digital library of education research, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

National Center for Educational Statistics - The National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

SAS - SAS is a software suite used for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. 

SPSS - IBM SPSS is predictive analytics software used for statistical analysis and reporting, predictive modeling and data mining, decision management and deployment, and big data analytics. 

US Census Bureau - The United States Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is overseen by the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The Census Bureau aims to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. 

Other Useful Links

Chronicle of Higher Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education is a source for news, information, and job postings for college and university faculty members and administrators. 

College Board - The College Board is a not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity through programs and services including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

Peterson's - Peterson's provides information to parents and students about colleges and universities, test preparation, and career exploration. Peterson's also has resources for educators and institutions, including survey and data collection services. Peterson's Annual Surveys are sent to thousands of accredited colleges and universities.