Information and Data Management

Common Data Set 2016-17

The Common Data Set (CDS) was developed through collaboration among publishers of college guides, colleges and universities, representatives of higher education organizations, high school counselors, and the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of the items and definitions in the CDS are used on the autumn surveys of several major publishers.

The goal of the CDS is to improve the comparability of data reported by colleges and to ease each institution's burden through asking questions in a standard way across numerous surveys.

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