The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The 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 amount of time and effort required to respond to duplicate questions on several surveys. The CDS provides a standard format that captures most of the frequently requested data. The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database.

Disclaimer: It is important to note that the information on this web site may differ from data reported by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment to other federal, state, and regional agencies due to differences in reporting guidelines, reporting definitions, and the timing of when the information was prepared.

Common Data Set Reports