Better Data on the Horizon: An Analysis of Evolving Student-Level Data Legislation
This brief provides an overview of and side-by-side comparisons of the five pieces of bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced since 2012 that call for student-level data collection in varying forms. This brief was updated on July 24, 2017 to reflect new co-sponsors for proposed legislation.
Postsecondary Data Collaborative and Workforce Data Quality Campaign Applaud Bipartisan, Bicameral College Transparency Act
Over 80 organizations have signed the linked statement in support of the recent higher education transparency legislation, the College Transparency Act of 2017.
Over 40 Organizations Support Transparency in Higher Education
Submitted by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), National Skills Coalition, New America, Young Invincibles, and more than 40 other national, state, and local organizations, this letter states support for greater transparency in higher education.
PostsecData Response to Pell Disaggregates in OM
This letter is submitted on behalf of these 14 undersigned members of the Postsecondary Data (PostsecData) Collaborative, in response to the November 9, 2016 announcement regarding the addition of Pell disaggregates to the Outcome Measures (OM) survey component of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
PostsecData Policy Recommendations for Trump Administration
PostsecData offers a series of administrative actions for President-elect Trump’s first 100 days in office, as well as strategies for the longer term, including: improving data quality, consistency, stewardship, and use, while leveraging existing data systems and ultimately reducing burden on institutions.
Letter from PostsecData, faculty and others on Federal Student Aid transparency
Representatives of a broad constituency of public policy organizations, academic researchers, institutional representatives, advocacy organizations, and others raised the importance of better and more actionable data on federal financial aid in a letter to the Department of Education.
Mapping Postsecondary and Workforce Information Gaps in State Data Systems
State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) match data from different sources about individuals over time, and serve as an important resource for state policymakers, researchers, and the public. This infographic shows which data are missing from most SLDS.
Statement on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
Eight organizations encourage the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to consider five key issues for action related to education, workforce, and employment program data.
Letter on SLDS Funding for Privacy Personnel
The letter asks Congress to make hiring a data privacy professional an allowable use for states with their federal State Longitudinal Data Systems program funds, using an existing set aside within the program, which Congress established several years ago through the appropriations process and has continued on an annual basis.
PostsecData Letter on Pell Graduation Rates
Sixteen members of the Postsecondary Data (PostsecData) Collaborative signed a letter supporting the inclusion of Pell graduation rates in IPEDS, with additional recommendations for improvements.
Leading with Data: How Senior Institution and System Leaders Use Postsecondary Data to Promote Student Success
Institution and system leaders play a critical role—perhaps the most critical—in promoting student success in higher education. This reports shows how some institutional leaders have improved student success through a focus on data.
Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance
This report shares what the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has learned from leading institutions and states about how to improve and use postsecondary data to improve student outcomes.
Michelle Cooper for Higher Ed Data
Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), explains we need to “know our numbers” in higher ed so we can see how we’re doing and how to improve. Learn more at http://HigherEdFacts.org.
Making Sense of Student Loan Outcomes: How Using Repayment Rates Can Improve Student Success
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) convened institutions and policy experts to investigate if and how repayment rates should be incorporated into our postsecondary systems to help advance student success. The report highlights 11 major findings from the convening.
Executive Summary: Making Sense of Student Loan Outcomes
This is the Executive Summary for the Making Sense of Student Loan Outcomes: How Using Repayment Rates Can Improve Student Success report.
Primer on Repayment Rates
This resource was created for a convening of policy and institution experts on repayment rates. It reviews the history of repayment rates and the technical specifications of various calculations.
PostsecData Partners Commend Department of Education for Data Transparency
This letter from members of the PostsecData Collaborative offers praise, calls for continuous improvement, and a student unit record system in response to the release of the revamped College Scorecard and data download.
Weighing the Options for Improving the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure
This report reviews seven options to improve for a national postsecondary data infrastructure.
IHEP Releases Statement on College Scorecard
IHEP released a statement on the wealth of new data released through the College Scorecard.
Testimony for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Mamie Voight, Director of Policy Research at IHEP, testified at a hearing for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on consumer information and data transparency.
Coalition Letter to Strengthen College Accountability
This letter, written by the Protect Students and Taxpayers Coalition and co-signed by IHEP and other organizations, advocates for strengthening college accountability to better protect students and taxpayers, specifically around noting schools flagged by the Department of Education in their new customizable, consumer-focused website.
The Evolution of Student-Level Data Legislation
This memo provides an overview of and side-by-side comparisons of the four pieces of bipartisan legislation introduced since 2012 that call for student-level data collection in varying forms.
PostsecData Collaborative Responds to HELP Request on Consumer Information
This letter, signed by 27 organizations, advocates for policies that improve postsecondary data, including building a federal student unit record system.
Driving Toward Greater Postsecondary Attainment Using Data
This primer fact sheet explains how different sectors - education, business, policy, and nonprofit and community-based organizations - can collaborate to use data along different points of the attainment pipeline to increase college access and completion.
Principles to Inform Postsecondary Education Data Policies
This letter to Congress describes sound principles for creating postsecondary education data policies.
Mapping Revisited: Feedback on Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain
This brief reviews feedback IHEP received on its listening tour for Mapping and outlines what we got right, what needs refinement, and next steps.
NCES Sample Studies Primer
This primer on the National Center for Education Statistics' sample studies describes how the surveys are administered and how they overlap.
Workforce Data Primer
This brief, an excerpt from the Mapping Technical Report, describes the data systems and elements that can be used to better understand employment and earnings outcomes.
Federal Student Aid Data in PIRS
This presentation describes how data from the Office of Federal Student Aid in the U.S. Department of Education could potentially be used in the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS).
Group Letter Calling for the Department of Commerce to Maintain College Major Data in the American Community Survey
This letter, written by Young Invincibles and co-signed by IHEP and other organizations, advocates for keeping a question about college major on the American Community Survey.
Group Letter to President Obama Calling for Use of Prior-Prior Year Tax Data on FAFSA
This letter encourages President Obama to use prior-prior year tax information on the FAFSA to simplify the federal aid application process.
Response to RTI’s Report and Suggestions from IPEDS Technical Review Panel 45: Outcome Measures
This letter recommends adjustments to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System's Outcome Measures survey to better capture student diversity and completion metrics.
Comments on the Pay As You Earn Negotiated Rulemaking Agenda
This letter, written by IHEP and co-signed by members of the PostsecData Working Group, provides recommendations for including a detailed discussion on data in the upcoming Pay As You Earn negotiated rulemaking session.
IHEP Testimony on Postsecondary Institution Ratings System
In this testimony, IHEP President Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper provided recommendations for the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS).
Exploring College Rankings Measures
This brief provides a snapshot comparison of the measures used in several major publications that publish annual college rankings.
Data Collection, Use, and Dissemination in the Higher Education Affordability Act
This document presents the major data provisions in the Higher Education Affordability Act and prompts the reader to consider how data will be incorporated in future versions of the Higher Education Act.
Analysis of the 2014 House Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bills
This brief provides an overview of the main components of H.R. 4984 and H.R. 4983 and compares them to current policies.
Analysis of 2014 Federal Student Aid Data
This series of graphs analyzes data released by the Office of Federal Student Aid in August 2014 and describes trends in student loan borrowing and repayment behavior.
Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain Technical Report
This technical report builds on the accompanying white paper to detail how existing national data sets can be amended, added to, or linked together to gain better data on postsecondary students.
Executive Summary: Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain
This summary covers IHEP's March 2014 report, Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain, and highlights data measures that are vital to understanding and promoting student success.
Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain: Problems and Possibilities
This report outlines how existing national data sets can be amended, added to, or linked together to gain better data on postsecondary students.