External Resources for Institutional Data
"College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics" (NCES website 2016). An excellent resource for standardized, comparative information regarding institutes of higher education in the US.
"The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers" (CDS website 2016).
The Carnegie Classification represents one approach to identifying roughly comparable institutions. In other words, using their listings one can compare any institute of higher education to other, roughly comparable colleges or universities.
"The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is the world's largest professional association for institutional researchers. The organization provides educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities for more than 4,000 members. Its primary purpose is to support members in the process of collecting, analyzing, and converting data into information that supports decision-making in higher education" (AIR website, "About AIR" 2016).
"HEDS is a consortium of private colleges and universities that collaboratively share, analyze, and use data of all kinds —institutional data, data from our six HEDS surveys, data from NSSE, the HERI Faculty Survey, and other national surveys — to advance their institutional missions" (HEDS website 2016).