Data on Health and Well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Other Native Americans. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

12/01/2006

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education (DoE)/National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
Description: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES, is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. For IPEDS, a postsecondary institution is defined as an organization open to the public that has as its primary mission the provision of postsecondary education (defined as formal instructional programs with a curriculum designed primarily for students who are beyond the compulsory age for high school). The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys designed to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollment, program completion, faculty, staff, and finances. IPEDS surveys postsecondary institutions, including universities and colleges, as well as institutions offering technical and vocational education beyond the high school level. All institutions that participate in any federal student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV must submit data to IPEDS.
Relevant Policy Issues: Educational Attainment.
Data Type(s): Program reporting data
Unit of Analysis: Educational institution
Identification of AI/AN/NA: Institutions report data on American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) students in three areas: enrollment, completers by program studied, and graduation rates.
AI/AN/NA Population in Data Set: Enrollment at Title IV institutions in the U.S., Fall 2004:
Total: 17,710,798
AI/AN population = 170,919

Using IPEDS, it is also possible to disaggregate the data by tribal colleges. Thirty-two tribal colleges submitted data to IPEDS in 2004. Enrollment at tribal colleges in the U.S., Fall 2004:
Total enrollment at tribal colleges: 17,599
AI/AN enrollment at tribal colleges = 14,067

Geographic Scope: The geographic scope of IPEDS is national. Institutions can be grouped by state for state-level analysis. Additional information on the state of residence of first-time freshmen is collected in even years.
Date or Frequency: IPEDS surveys are collected on an annual basis. IPEDS began in 1986, replacing the Higher Education General Education Information Survey (HEGIS) which began in 1966.
Data Collection Methodology: IPEDS uses a web-based data collection system. Each institution designates a person or several persons who are responsible for ensuring that survey data submitted for the institution are correct. Non-response follow-up is conducted with CEOs, coordinators, and data entry staff via mail, e-mail, and telephone.
Participation: Participation is mandatory for Title IV institutions. Institutions that do not participate in Title IV programs may participate in the IPEDS data collection on a voluntary basis.
Response Rate: As data collection is mandatory for Title IV institutions, response rates are very high. Response rates calculated by type of institution for all IPEDS survey components are above 95 percent. Response rates for non-Title IV institutions are not provided.
Authorization: The completion of the surveys by all institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, is mandated by 20 U.S.C. 1094, Section 487(a)(17).
Strengths: The data sets contain a large number of AI/AN respondents. It is possible to disaggregate the data to examine counts by tribal colleges. Data are collected on a key policy issue, education. There are multiple years of data available.
Limitations: Data are only available at the institutional level.
Access Requirements and Use Restrictions: Data are available on the Internet at no charge.
Contact Information: IPEDS data are available online. The online table generator for IPEDS is located at http://nces.ed.gov/dasol/tables/. Additionally, researchers can download IPEDS data to their PC using the IPEDS Peer Analysis and Data Cutting Tool at http://nces.ed.gov/ipedspas/.

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