The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has established the Integrated
Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as its core postsecondary education
data collection program. It is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses
all identified institutions whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary
IPEDS consists of institution-level data that can be used to describe trends in postsecondary education at the institution, state and/or national levels. For example, researchers can use IPEDS to analyze information on:
enrollments of students: undergraduate, first-time freshmen, graduate and first-professional students by race/ethnicity and gender; full and part-time; degree seeking. See Common Data Set(CDS-B) for this information)
institutional revenue and expenditure patterns by source of income and type of expense;
salaries of full-time instructional faculty by academic rank and tenure status;
completions (degrees awarded) by type of program, level of award, race/ethnicity, and gender;
characteristics of postsecondary institutions, including tuition, room and board charges, calendar systems, etc.;
other issues of interest.
IPEDS Academic Libraries Survey — A new biennial survey to provide an overview of academic libraries.