Completers Data (Postsecondary Education)
This section reports the number of people completing postsecondary educational programs in the various colleges and universities across the state.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)?
IPEDS, established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), collects data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses all institutions and education organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. It collects institution-level data, including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty, staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.
- How is completers data collected?
Data is collected annually (for the prior academic year) on recognized degree completions in postsecondary education programs by level (associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first-professional) and on other formal awards by length of program. These data are collected by race/ethnicity and gender of recipient and by field of study, which is identified by 6-digit Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes. Completions data by race/ethnicity at the 2-digit CIP level became an annual collection in 1990; beginning in 1995, race/ethnicity data were collected at the 6-digit CIP level. Beginning with the 2001 collection, institutions were able to report the number of students with double majors by level of degree and 6-digit CIP code of the second major. Racial/ethnic data on completers are collected in odd-numbered years for the Office for Civil Rights as part of its biennial Compliance Report.