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Using the American Community Survey as the Sampling Frame for the National Survey of College Graduates

Conclusion

 

The ACS provides the opportunity for a variety of changes to the NSCG and SESTAT in general. Some of the issues NSF must address in implementation of the rotating sample include the following:

  • The issues for implementing use of ACS as a sample frame for the NSCG in the long term under option 3
  • The need/advisability of phasing in use of the ACS and options for doing so during a transition period
  • The frequency of using the ACS to refresh the NSCG sample
  • Possibilities for other changes in the current system of the three SESTAT surveys
  • Use of ACS data to supplement (or as a substitute for) data from the SESTAT surveys

These topics must be considered together rather than as a series of separate, discrete topics to consider their joint interactions and effects on survey design and operations, the ability to meet user needs, and the types of analysis that can be conducted. Similarly, considerations of cost, timeliness, and data quality must all be taken into consideration. The option that is most appealing from a data quality perspective may have unacceptable cost implications.

One important issue is the value of maintaining the longitudinal feature of the NSCG. In the past, the longitudinal feature of the NSCG (and the SDR) has not been utilized extensively. The current design provides longitudinal data as a by-product of sample generation, but cross-sectional designs would lose that feature.











 
Using the American Community Survey as the Sampling Frame for the National Survey of College Graduates
Working Paper | NCSES 12-201 | August 2012