Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among publishers and data providers in higher education. The goal is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education.

The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items.  Many of the items and definitions in the CDS are used on the annual surveys of several major publishers.  More info: Common Data Set.





Sections of the CDS:

  1. General Information
  2. Enrollment and Persistence
  3. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission
  4. Transfer Admission
  5. Academic Offerings and Policies
  6. Student Life
  7. Annual Expenses
  8. Financial Aid
  9. Instructional Faculty and Class Size
  10. Degrees Conferred

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