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Data Reports

Institutional Research completes a variety of reports for publication such as, U.S. News, College Board, Petersen’s, CGS/GRE, etc. A full list of these external reporting activities are detailed further in our External Reporting Completion Cycle Calendar

Common Data Set

  • The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student’s transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers. The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database. Each of the higher education surveys conducted by the participating publishers incorporates items from the CDS as well as unique items proprietary to each publisher. Consequently, the publishers’ surveys differ in that they utilize varying numbers of items from the CDS.

  • Common Data Set—2018-19
    Common Data Set—2017-18
    Common Data Set – 2016
    Common Data Set – 2015
    Common Data Set – 2014
    Common Data Set – 2013


State Reporting

SAM (Student Achievement Measure) and

VSA (Voluntary System of Accountability)

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    The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students. SAM (Student Achievement Measure)

  • The College Portrait was created as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability™ (VSA) – a program designed to provide greater accountability through accessible, transparent, and comparable information on public 4-year institutions of higher education.

    Participation in the VSA is voluntary; however, over 275 institutions elected to join the VSA project and publish their information on the College Portrait website.