External Links

Local/State Organizations

Bureau of Vital Statistics -- The task of recording all the births, deaths, marriages and divorces in Texas belongs to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Each year, almost 750,000 documents are registered, and the public requests more than 200,000 searches for documents such as birth certificates needed by children to enter school or for adults to prove citizenship. In addition, the Bureau develops, analyzes and disseminates information used to plan and evaluate public health programs and to identify specific problem areas, such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy or tobacco use.

Texas Education Agency --The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to build the capacity of the Texas public education system to provide all students a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic and educational opportunities of our state and nation.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board -- This website contains information on Texas Schools , Universities, and Community Colleges. This is a valuable resource for obtaining information on Texas programs, higher education, and different reports on various topics relating to education in Texas.  (Automated Student and Adult Learner Follow-Up System)

Texas State Data Center -- The Texas State Data Center and Office of the State Demographer, in cooperation with a network of affiliates, functions as a focal point for the distribution of Census information for Texas. The Center also disseminates population estimates and projections for Texas, as well as other information from the federal government, state government, and other sources.

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 provides professional development opportunities through its annual conference, pre- and post-conference workshops, and other professional development activities held at various times of the year. TAIR also provides opportunities for information exchange through its newsletter, an electronic mail list serve, and a home page on the internet. TAIR is an affiliated group of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR).

TexShare Library -- TexShare, a statewide consortium of academic libraries, public libraries, and libraries of clinical medicine administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, employs traditional and innovative strategies to resource sharing. Texshare is founded on the belief of Texas State officials and librarians that citizen health and well being is furthered by efficient information exchange in all communities and institutions where quality teaching, research excellence, and lifelong learning are valued. TexShare maximizes the effectiveness of library expenditures by enabling libraries to:

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) is a professional association of more than 3,100 institutional researchers, planners, and decision-makers from higher education institutions around the world. AIR exists to benefit its members and help advance research that will improve the understanding, planning, and operation of higher education institutions.

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 charge is "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education."

Higher Education Research Institute -- The Higher Education Research Institute is based in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Institute serves as an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI's research program covers a variety of topics including the outcomes of postsecondary education, leadership development, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity. Visiting scholars, faculty, and graduate students have made use of HERI facilities and research resources since its affiliation with UCLA in 1973. The Institute's holdings include more than a hundred datasets that are regularly maintained for analysis of postsecondary education.

Institute for Higher Education Policy -- The mission of the Institute for Higher Education Policy is to foster access and success in postsecondary education through public policy research and other activities that inform and influence the policymaking process.

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. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepares action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions. The National Center communicates performance results and key findings to the public, to civic, business and higher education leaders, and to state and federal leaders who are poised to improve higher education policy.

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. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.

Society for College and University Planning -- A network of professionals dedicated to excellence in planning for higher education.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools -- The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body 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. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

Southern Regional Education Board -- The SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public pre-K-12 and higher education. Founded by the region's governors and legislators in 1948, SREB was America's first interstate compact for education. Today it is the only regional education compact that works directly with state leaders, schools and educators to improve teaching, learning and student achievement at every level of education.

Statistical Resources

AMOS -- Amos by James L. Arbuckle implements the general approach to data analysis known as structural equation modeling, analysis of covariance structures, or causal modeling. This approach includes as special cases many well known conventional techniques, including the general linear model and common factor analysis. Structural equation modeling is sometimes thought of as an esoteric method that is difficult to learn and use. This is a complete mistake. Indeed, much of the importance of structural equation modeling lies in the ease with which it allows nonstatisticians to solve estimation and hypothesis testing problems that once would have required the services of a specialist.

ERIC -- The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. ERIC, established in 1966, is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Library of Education.

Instat Guide to Choosing and Interpreting Statistical Tests -- The Instat Guide is a formative approach to analytical research designed to help the experimental or clinical scientist analyze small amounts of data. Instat works best when the researcher has a single question in mind; it is not designed to manage a large database with many variables.

National Center for Educational Statistics -- The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics' website is to provide clear, complete information about NCES' mission and activities, and to serve the research, education and other interested communities. NCES values your comments and suggestions for improving the usability of this site. To provide comments or suggestions, or to seek further assistance, contact the NCES webmaster at NCESwebmaster@ed.gov.

Psychological Online Documents -- A small collection of documents that were specifically archived by the British Academy to aid research in human psychology.

SAS -- SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster.

SPSS -- SPSS is a market leader in predictive analytics and statistics, with 250,000 customers that span 100 countries, 50 U.S. states, all major foreign governments, and virtually all top colleges and universities. SPSS provides a comprehensive predictive analytics portfolio that includes data collection, text and data mining, advanced statistical analysis and predictive solutions. These offerings enable customers to predict future events and proactively act upon that insight to drive better business outcomes. With unique deployment technologies, these capabilities can be easily deployed into existing business processes for better, faster decision making.

Statistical Resources on the Web -- Run by the University of Michigan Library, the MLibrary's mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of educational faculty, students, and staff, and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

US Census Bureau -- A federal organization created to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy, the US Census Bureau aims to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data that they collect and the services they provide.

Other Useful Publications

Chronicle of Higher Education -- This World Wide Web site is a service of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published weekly, The Chronicle is the No. 1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators. A subscription to The Chronicle includes free access to all of this Web site and to Academe Today, our daily e-mail newsletter.

College Board -- The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,300 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.

On the Horizon -- Our mission is to inform educators about the challenges that they will face in a changing world and steps they can take to meet these challenges. We strive to accomplish this mission by using the Horizon site.

Petersons Guide -- Since 1966, Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, Web sites, online products, and admissions services. Peterson's reaches an estimated 105 million consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.