IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System. IPEDS is the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES, the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the Department of Education. Most institutions of higher education are required to submit data to IPEDS. The only exclusions are those not open to the general public, such as military training sites.
Data are collected from all primary providers of postsecondary education in the country in the following areas: enrollments, program completions (i.e., degrees granted), graduation rates, faculty counts and salaries, staff counts, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are submitted via the IPEDS website, and made available on the same website to students, researchers and others.
The Higher Education Act of 1992 mandated the completion of IPEDS surveys in a timely and accurate manner for all institutions that participate, or are applicants for participation, in any federal student financial assistance program. In 2000-01, the IPEDS program was completely redesigned and the data collection was converted from a paper-based to a fully web-based system.
Because IPEDS collects so many different kinds of information, it requires the cooperative efforts of several groups across campus to complete all of the pieces. DSS is the “keyholder” for IPEDS and retains primary responsibility for the completion of IPEDS in an accurate and timely manner. The other offices involved, and their data responsibilities, are:
- Registrar: degrees, enrollment, institutional characteristics, graduation rates
- Financial Aid: student financial aid
- Controller’s Office: finances
- HR: staff headcounts
- DSS: faculty headcounts and salaries
If you are in need of comparative data in these areas, DSS can help you by either teaching you how to use the IEPDS data retrieval tools, or by getting the data for you. We can also advise you on whether or not IPEDS is the right source for the information you are seeking.