Integrated Postsecondary Education Data SystemAre you Aware of….???NC CCPRO Winter ConferenceFebruary 21, 2007
Purpose of this Session • Brief overview of IPEDS • Let’s take a COOL look • Race/Ethnicity…where are we going? • Unit Record Collection System • What is Big IPEDS? • IPEDS and Accountability
What is IPEDS? • The core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES • Designed to collect data from ALL institutions whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education • Is a comprehensive system of interrelated surveys that collects institution-level data
Who has to submit IPEDS? • Institutions that have a Program Participation Agreement (PPA) with the US Dept of Ed to participate in federal student financial aid programs • Section 487(a)(17) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended (HEA), 20 USC 1094(a)(17) • “… institutions will complete surveys conducted as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) … in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the Secretary.”
IPEDS Surveys X • 9 7 Components • General Information • Institutional Characteristics • Student Surveys • Enrollment • Completions • Graduation Rates • Student Financial Aid • Resource Surveys • Finance • Human Resources
Reporting Compliance • Each year, NCES is required to provide a list to the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) of institutions that do not submit IPEDS reports • FSA sends out fine letters and warnings to noncompliant institutions • Penalty for not submitting IPEDS can be as high as $27,500 per occurrence, or loss of Title IV eligibility
How Are IPEDS Data Used? • National Research/Reporting • COOL • Higher Education Reauthorization Act • Postsecondary Education Commission
IPEDS COOL • Is a direct link to information on nearly 9,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States. • COOL includes colleges, universities, and community colleges, as well as trade and technical schools. • College Opportunities On-Line was authorized by Congress in 1998 to help college students, future students, and their parents understand the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend college. • Significantly revised in 2006 – now includes ability to make institutional comparisons
IPEDS COOL • Designed to help college students, future students, and their families understand the differences between colleges and the price of attendance. • Can be used by decision-makers to access data on comparison institutions.
Institution Search • Enables a user to search for a particular school by name or for a group of schools using shared characteristics. • Primary search: • by Institution name; • by geographic location (multiple states or region) • by instructional program (major) • More options include: • Characteristics • Enrollment levels • Religious affiliation • Distance from zip code
Available Information • Once selected, the data available on the institution is divided into ten distinct categories. • General Information • Estimate Student Expenses • Financial Aid • Admission • Enrollment • Retention / Graduation Rates • Awards / Degrees • Accreditation • Campus Security • Federal Student Loan Default Rates.
Comparing Institutions • Comparing institutions is a new feature added into the 2006 revised COOL site. • You can select up to 4 institutions for side by side comparisons.
What Lies Ahead for COOL • Greater public visibility • More choices for students/parents to use for ranking institutions • Additional consumer information • College affordability index • Accountability data • Transfer information
Race/Ethniciy • Brief History • 1997 OMB action • Why has this taken so long? • November 2006 TRP • Latest information • How is race/ethnicity defined? • Two questions vs one question • How things will be reported? • Timeline???
Race/Ethnicity • What should be done now? • Raise awareness at college level • Inventory all methods currently used to collect race/ethnicity data • Mapping old codes or resurveying? • Trumping rules • For college • For system • Across education sectors
Federal Unit Record Data Collection • What is this all about? • Higher Education Reauthorization Act • House action • Senate action • Spellings Commission Report • http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/reports/final-report.pdf • AACC Task Force
Big IPEDS • What is this?? • Collecting more consumer information • Collecting information in “smaller chunks” • What is the purpose?? • Substitute for Unit Record System • Provide students/parents with more data on which to base decisions • How do I stay informed?? • http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/whatsnew.asp
IPEDS & Accountability • Proposed changes to IPEDS data collection, 2007-08 • Approval process • Timeline for implementation • New Accountability section • Link to Fact Book • Link to Performance Measures • Matrix to collect performance measures information