Common Data Sets and Tools
Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort, since 1996, among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, part of The Thomson Corporation, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.
All files are provided in Excel (.xls) spreadsheet format for easy viewing.
Data Analysis and Comparison
College Results Online (Public) - This interactive Web tool, created by The Education Trust, allows you to learn more about student graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities. You can examine overall graduation rates, diverse group graduation rates, and graduation rates of similar institutions. Data used in this website is extracted from the National Education Center for Statistics IPEDS data base.