Research

Your Students’ Data — In Your Hands

September 11, 2019

Each year, PAEA member programs help us survey their matriculating PA students about their practice intentions, specialty preferences, what they looked for when choosing a PA program, educational financing, health and well-being, and more. While we report the results annually at the national level, we want to help you get even more out of the data that you help us gather. In this case, we can put your students’ data right back into your hands.

The Data on Demand: Matriculating Students program was created to help support PAEA member programs in building longitudinal databases for tracking student outcomes and conducting program evaluation and research – and we are accepting applications now. 

The program offers each member PA program their students’ responses to the Matriculating Student Survey (MSS). Participating PA programs will receive their own consenting students’ identified, raw MSS data. This way, a student’s responses to the MSS can be incorporated into a database with other variables, such as test scores or exam grades. 

Wondering how your program might benefit from this service? Check out how Duke University built a longitudinal student database that features our MSS data.

To participate in the 2020 cycle of this program, you must complete an application by December 18. As part of the application, you will be required to submit documents proving local Institutional Review Board approval or exemption. If approved, PAEA research staff will program the MSS so that your students will be shown a secondary consent form asking whether they give permission for us to release their data to programs. Participating programs that achieve at least an 80 percent participation rate for the 2020 MSS will be given a .CSV file of their consenting students’ identified, raw responses. Please note that your program will only receive the responses from your students; you will not receive any other program’s student data.

 For further details about the program, eligibility, data usage guidelines, and to download a copy of the 2020 MSS, please click here