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Common Data Set

Since the early 1990s, data providers in the higher-education community and publishers have collaborated in an effort to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education. The result is the Common Data Set (CDS) initiative.

The higher-education community is represented by members of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), Association for Institutional Research (AIR), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administration (NASFAA). The publishers are represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report.

The resulting CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items and specific cohort definitions rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database. Gathering the university's most often requested data in the form agreed upon in the CDS initiative has improved the quality and accuracy of data collection by the publishers and reduced the reporting burden on data providers.

2013-14  Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format 

Updated: 1/16/2014

 

Common Data Set Archive

2012-13 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2011-12 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2010-11 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2009-10 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2008-09 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2007-08 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2006-07 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2005-06 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2004-05 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2003-04 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2002-03 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2001-02 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
2000-01 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format
1999-00 Common Data Set            PDF format  •  HTML format