NCES Releases New Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Methodology Report

Assessment and provision of services at one’s library always depends upon knowing your population. One great place to find such information, if you’re working in an academic library, is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS data “consist of basic statistics on postsecondary institutions regarding tuition and fees, number and types of degrees and certificates conferred, number of students enrolled, number of employees, financial statistics, graduation rates, and student financial aid”. Knowing this data about your own institution can help you to tailor library services accordingly. It’s interesting to note that IPEDS just released their methodology report for 2012-13. Taking a look can help you understand not only how this data was collected and analyzed, but how you might consider constructing your own data collection methodology. It’s worth noting, too, that IPEDS has a great Data Center with tools that help you slice, dice, and compare data on different institutions of higher education as well as view trends for particular variables. Check it out!

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