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Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System


IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
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Mode of Collection: 
Census: Internet questionnaire
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The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collects data on nine major topical areas: Institutional characteristics; enrollment; completions; graduation rates and outcomes; admissions; student financial aid; human resources; finance; and academic libraries.
Population Covered: 
Institutions that participate in federally funded student financial aid programs (over 7,300 institutions) are mandated to provide IPEDS data by law.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collects institution-level data from postsecondary institutions in the United States (50 states and the District of Columbia) and other U.S. jurisdictions. Data for these components were collected through the IPEDS web-based data collection system by institutional respondents, not individuals. IPEDS Final Data releases have undergone all National Center for Education Statistics data quality control procedures, as well as imputation for nonresponse.

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