The Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project is a joint effort of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance. The HEADS Project is designed to provide comprehensive management data on the arts in higher education.
The HEADS Project, officially established in 1982, is a statistics system that compiles and reports data from member and non-member institutions. Compiled data is published annually in the form of HEADS Data Summaries. Participation in the project is mandatory for institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance.
The Data Survey form for degree-granting units requests statistical information on a number of areas including enrollment, degrees offered, operational budgets, faculty salaries, ethnic breakdown of faculty and students, and so forth.
The 2016-2017 HEADS Data Survey is now closed. Previous years' data surveys can be accessed through the link above. Please note that data entered now for previous surveys will not be included in the Data Summaries.
Compilations of composite HEADS Survey data from degree-granting music, art/design, theatre and dance programs in higher education are available in the form of Data Summaries. Data Summaries provide statistics on enrollment, faculty numbers and salaries, administrative process, budget, presentation information, and a series of ratios providing comparisons in two or more of
2015-2016 Data Summaries are now available. Accredited member institutions that participated in the 2015-2016 HEADS Data Survey may access the entire set of Data Summaries, or any portion thereof, by clicking the link above and signing in.
Special reports are existing charts from the HEADS Data Summaries run for a specified group of participants. This service offers the executive the ability to compare his or her own institution to a selected group of peer institutions.
Special Reports are currently available. Please click the link above for more information.
This Web site is intended to provide general assistance regarding the operation of the HEADS project. Requests for further information may be directed to the National Office Staff. HEADS accepts no responsibility for the content of any information or Web site attached to this site.