Common Data Set
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.