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FAQs - General

  1. What is the status of FAEIS?

    The Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) was located at Texas A&M for over 15 years. In July 2002 Virginia Tech was contracted to redesign the system, including a web-based data entry and retrieval. The web-based data entry system has been used since 2002. The FAEIS is located at: http://faeis.usda.gov/

  2. When was the last FAEIS report published in hard copy?

    The reports dated May or June 2000 are the last paper-base published reports, which contain the 1999-2000 FAEIS data.

  3. What is the status of the past FAEIS data?

    Data from 1993-2000 are available from Research, Education, and Economics Information System (REEIS). Look for FAEIS in the REPORTS section.

  4. Where can I obtain copies of the "Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the Food & Agricultural Sciences" brochure?

    The brochure and contact information is located on the Resource Links - HEP web page.

FAQs - Student Survey Data Entry

  1. I do not have the student data broken down by gender, ethnicity or degree level. What should I do?

    You can use the "Unknown" gender category and/or the "Unknown" ethnicity category to enter data when gender or ethnicity is unavailable.

  2. What data are required to complete the FAEIS student surveys and how should it be sorted?

    The instructions, which include data requirements are located under Help Desk.

  3. How can I download the forms?

    Send a request to the help desk for an Excel version of your survey forms.

  4. If an international student has taken a job in the US market, do I enter him as "foreign" or under the appropriate employment category on the placement survey?

    Enter the student in the appropriate employment category. The "foreign" category is for students who plan to return to their country when they graduate.

  5. I cannot see the entire page on my monitor screen. Can I correct this?
    This depends on your screen resolution and monitor zoom. If you can set the resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher that may correct the problem. Zooming out with your browser may also help. Report layouts are generally wide and cannot be collapsed in a meaningful way for smaller screens. Horizontal scrolling may be required to view wide tabular data.
  6. I regularly compile the information requested for the FAEIS surveys. I already have this information available as an Excel file or a text file. Is it possible to upload the data in either of these formats?

    Yes, absolutely. Contact the FAEIS help desk for assistance.

  7. Will each of our departments be able to enter their own data separately?

    Yes, the FAEIS data collection system is designed so that one coordinator is designated for each college. The coordinator should then designate individual users to enter data for specific surveys by program. A single user may enter one or many surveys. The coordinator should make a request to the FAEIS Help Desk for an account for these delegates.
    Because we leave this delegation up to the users at the institution, any data responder can edit any student survey at that institution. The initial list of surveys presented will be based on the college or department where we have been informed the user works. Although a user can access surveys outside of this area, that does not mean they are required to complete those surveys. Please only provide data for your functional area.

  8. I find that some of our majors are not included on your list of CIPS codes. Do I need to use only the CIPS provided?

    The list of codes you see are only CIP codes that have been used in the past and may not include codes for emerging programs. The help desk can import CIP definitions from the IPEDS dictionary. Please send us an email letting us know what you need.
    Please use the CIP code that your program is accredited under as the primary CIP code. If the major is more accurately described by a different code, this can be picked as the alternate CIP.

  9. I need to fill out the student enrollment survey, but I do not have a user ID or password. How do I obtain these?

    You can contact the help desk for an account. From there, the help desk will let you know when your account is ready for you to create a password.

FAQs - Faculty Survey

  1. How do I list FTE for those that have a percentage of their salary coming from discretionary accounts?

    You can prorate the amount based on their teaching, research, extension percentage.

  2. I was told to list faculty that are either AY or CY but those designations do not appear to apply. What should I do?

    Faculty should be listed by the number of months of their appointment.

  3. Do I include faculty who have no teaching appointment, but are tenure or tenure tract appointments?

    No, only permanent teaching faculty are included in the survey. This includes full-time and part-time faculty, as well as faculty on sabbatical.

  4. Do I include adjuncts?

    Adjunct teachers should not be included.