Mapping the Data Landscape
Voluntary Data Initiatives
Many organizations collect data in an effort to guide federal, state, and institutional policy; conduct research and analysis; provide technical assistance and data tools; and communicate best practices. These voluntary data initiatives provide a road map for what data and metrics are collectible and useful.
These snapshots capture three key categories of the voluntary data initiatives: what states and territories are represented, what measures are included in each data collection, and how data are collected and published.
What data measures are included in the voluntary data initiatives?
What level of information is collected and published in the voluntary data initiatives?
Who are the voluntary data initiatives? What data do they collect and how is it used? These fact sheets answer these questions and provide links to important resources so you can learn more about each initiative.
Access to Success
Endeavors to cut college-going and graduation gaps for underserved students
Achieving the Dream
Uses evidence-based practices to promote community college student success
Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
Recognizes community colleges for exceptional student outcomes
College Measures: 2-Year and 4-Year Data Tools
Focused on driving improvement in higher education outcomes.
College Measures: Economic Success Metrics Project
Assists state agencies in their efforts to make information about the earnings of graduates from their higher education programs publicly accessible.
Completion by Design
Works with community colleges to increase low-income students’ graduation rates
Complete College America
Works to close attainment gaps and promote high-quality credentials
Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange
Shares comparative benchmarking data to promote retention and graduation
The Equity Scorecard
Engages individuals from different departments and divisions to investigate campus data, practices, and policies.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Education and Research Database
Collects data and conducts research on student athletes to inform policy
National Community College Benchmark Project
Helps community colleges measure performance and set relevant standards
Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework
Uses learning analytics to support effective practices and student progress
Student Achievement Measure
Provides a more complete picture of student progress and completion
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) State Data Exchange
Annually compiles and publishes comparative data on public institutions
Transparency by Design
Designed to make adult learners informed consumers of distance education
Voluntary Framework of Accountability
Measures community college performance and effectiveness
Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project
Developed a framework for data consideration in policymaking
Voluntary System of Accountability College Portraits
Provides basic, comparable information on 4-year institutions
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange
Links data across states to reduce gaps in longitudinal data systems