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1 Adding Context to Academic Library Assessment Oh, the Places Youll Go! Using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for Institutional and Comparative Statistics John Cocklin, MLS, MBA Government Information Librarian Dartmouth College

2 Higher Education Amendments of 1992 Mandated the completion of IPEDS surveys in a timely and accurate manner for all institutions that participate, or are applicants for participation, in any federal student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)(17)).

3 Other Sources of Data Common Data Set – A collaboration among higher education data providers and publishers represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) – For selective, private colleges and universities. Offices of Institutional Research.


5 Data Tools Executive Peer Tool = For simplified access to IPEDS data. Peer Analysis System = The primary method of disseminating IPEDS data. All IPEDS data are released through the PAS. Dataset Cutting Tool = Replaced the feature known as dump a data set. Data Analysis System = Generates summary tables that provide sums, counts, and percentage estimates for 1 year of IPEDS data.


7 User ID and Password User ID = your institutions IPEDS # Password = your institutions IPEDS # Then use your institution as the Focus Institution.



10 Variable Categories Institutional Characteristics / Admissions / Student Charges Enrollments Completions Graduation Rates Student Financial Aid Finance Human Resources

11 Variable - Finance Kernel of truth. Finance – Private not-for-profit institutions or Public institutions using FASB Assets and liabilities Plant, property and equipment Student grants Revenues and investment return Expenses by functional and natural classification: Fiscal year 2002 to current year Total expenses and salaries wages expenses by function and total expenses by natural classification: Fiscal year 1997 to current year Endowment assets

12 Variable - Completions Completions – Awards/degrees conferred by program (2000 CIP classification), award level, race/ethnicity, and gender.

13 Variable - Completions Common Data Set definition of degrees conferred: Calculate the percentage from your institutions IPEDS Completions by using the sum of 1st and 2nd majors for each CIP code as the numerator and the sum of the Grand Total by 1st Majors and the Grand Total by 2nd major as the denominator. If you prefer, you can compute the percentages using 1st majors only. Source: Common Data Set 2008-08

14 Variable Completions The formula: (1 st CIP + 2 nd CIP) / (GT1st + GT 2 nd )


16 Variable - Completions First or Second Major = First and Second. Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code = Grand Total and Select All 2 digit. Award Level Code = Bachelors Degree

17 Variable – Completions 2 digit CIP 01-Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences. 03-Natural resources and conservation. 04-Architecture and related services. 05-Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies. 09-Communication, journalism, and related programs. 10-Communications technologies/technicians and support services. 11-Computer and information sciences and support services. 12-Personal and culinary services. 13-Education. 14-Engineering. 15-Engineering technologies/technicians. 16-Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics. 19-Family and consumer sciences/human sciences. 22-Legal professions and studies. 23-English language and literature/letters. 24-Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities. 25-Library science. 26-Biological and biomedical sciences. 27-Mathematics and statistics. 29-Military technologies. 30-Multi/interdisciplinary studies. 31-Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies. 38-Philosophy and religious studies. 39-Theology and religious vocations. 40-Physical sciences. 41-Science technologies/technicians. 42-Psychology. 43-Security and protective services. 44-Public administration and social service professions. 45-Social sciences. 46-Construction trades. 47-Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians. 48-Precision production. 49-Transportation and materials moving. 50-Visual and performing arts. 51-Health professions and related clinical sciences. 52-Business, management, marketing, and related support services. 54-History

18 Variable - Completions Grand Total Awards/Degrees conferred between July 1 and June 30 to all recipients, across all race/ethnicities and both genders.


20 Reports & Stats Institutions Data Creates a report or file that includes the values of multiple selected variables for the focus institution and each of the comparison group institutions. The focus institution will be displayed at the top of the list. The comparison group institutions will follow, in UnitID order. This option is available whether you have selected a comparison group or not. Statistical Summary Report Creates a report that calculates summary statistics from your comparison group using variables of your choice, and compares these statistics to the variable values of the focus institution. You can select this option only after you have selected a comparison group of at least three institutions.



23 Reports & Stats You can download your results in comma delimited (.cvs) format. The Dataset Cutting Tool allows the data to be downloaded with the files necessary to read the data in SPSS, SAS, or STATA.

24 % Bachelor's Degrees Conferred by Major FY 2005 DartmouthSchool X Social sciences29.27%26.04% History9.83%6.29% Psychology8.00%6.49% English language and literature/letters7.16%5.92% Visual and performing arts6.86%5.20% Biological and biomedical sciences6.33%8.49% Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics5.11%4.64% Engineering4.57%13.58% Physical sciences4.57%3.59% Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies4.04%3.72% Philosophy and religious studies4.04%2.95% Computer and information sciences and support services2.90%3.30% Natural resources and conservation2.74%0.96% Multi/interdisciplinary studies2.36%3.15% Mathematics and statistics2.06%2.84% Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities0.15%0.36% Architecture and related services0.00%0.44% Business, management, marketing, and related support services.0.00%1.79% Education0.00%0.26%

25 Combining ARL and IPEDS Statistics

26 Selected Resources COFHE Common Data Set Gater, Denise S. Using National Data in University Rankings and Comparisons. The Center for Measuring University Performance (June 2003). Gater, Denise S., and Lombardi, John V. The Use of IPEDS/AAUP Faculty Data in Institutional Peer Comparisons. The Center for Measuring University Performance (September 2001).

27 Selected Resources IPEDS Jones, D. Yvone. How Much Do the Best Colleges Spend on Libraries? Using College Rankings to Provide Library Financial Benchmarks. College & Research Libraries (July 2007): 343-351. Mezick, Elizabeth M. Return on Investment: Libraries and Student Retention. Journal of Academic Librarianship 33, no. 5 (September 2007): 561-566.

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