Important Dates

SED data collection runs on an annual cycle from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Within this time frame, institutions provide rosters of graduating students to RTI immediately following each graduation month.

The critical data collection dates for the 2017 and 2018 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) cycles are listed below.

SED 2018 (Graduation Eligibility Period between July 2017 and June 2018)
Contractor: RTI International
Dates Key Activities
June 2017 SED 2018 Web Instrument available to eligible graduates
June 2017 (and ongoing, by request) Institution Contact materials mailed (including hard copy questionnaires)
Quarterly Request for Graduation Lists
December 2017 and September 2018 Request for Address Rosters
October 2018 Request for Missing Information Rosters
December 2018 Data Collection Closes
SED 2017 (Graduation Eligibility Period between July 2016 and June 2017)
Contractor: RTI International
Dates Key Activities
May 2016 Web instrument available to eligible graduates
June 2016 (and ongoing, by request) Institution Contact materials mailed (including hard copy questionnaires)
October 2016 (and ongoing) Missing Information Rosters (MIRs) sent to Institution Contacts
October 31, 2017 Final date to submit rosters, questionnaires, and completed MIRs to RTI International
December 15, 2017 Data Collection Closes