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 NORC and RTI based on their own graduation timetables.

The critical data collection dates for the 2016 and 2017 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) cycles are listed below.

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
SED 2016 (Graduation Eligibility Period between July 2015 and June 2016)
Contractor: NORC
Dates Key Activities
May 1, 2015 Data collection begins (web instrument available)
May 1, 2015 Institution Contact materials mailed (including hard copy questionnaires)
July 2016 - November 2016 Missing Information Rosters (MIRs) sent to Institution Contacts
October 1, 2016 Institution Contact returns all graduation lists and completed questionnaires
December 15, 2016 Data Collection Closes