Best Practices for Data Collectors and Data Providers

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Report of the Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education

Data Collection and Exchange

Best Practices for Data Collectors and Data Providers

Report of the Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education

Data Collection and Exchange

Prepared for the Council of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) and its Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education Data Collection and Exchange by Melodie Christal, Renee Gernand, Mary Sapp, and Roslyn Korb, under the sponsorship of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education Richard W. Riley Secretary

Office of Educational Research and Improvement C. Kent McGuire Assistant Secretary

National Center for Education Statistics Pascal D. Forgione, Jr. Commissioner

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Suggested Citation U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Best Practices for Data Collectors and Data Providers: Report of the Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education Data Collection and Exchange, NCES 1999-- 191, by Melodie Christal, Renee Gernand, Mary Sapp, and Roslyn Korb, for the Council of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. Washington, DC: 1999.

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National Postsecondary Education Cooperative

Working Group on Better Coordination of Postsecondary Education Data Collection and Exchange

Working Group Members:

Terrence Russell Executive Director Association for Institutional Research (Co-Chair)

Mary Sapp Director Planning and Institutional Research University of Miami (Co-Chair)

Susan Broyles IPEDS Project Director National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Melodie Christal Director SHEEO/NCES Communication Network State Higher Education Executive Officers

(SHEEO)

Renee Gernand Director Guidance Publishing and Information Services The College Board

Mary Golladay Program Director Human Resources Statistics Program National Science Foundation

D. Sherwin Hibbets Director of Financial Aid Regent University

John Ingram Research Officer Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary

Education, Nebraska

Helen Kitchens Director G&H Enterprises Laramie, WY

Joseph Marks Associate Director, Data Services Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Stuart Rich St. Michaels, MD

Karen Steinberg Senior Deputy to the Chancellor for Planning

and Policy University and Community College System of

Nevada

Deborah Teeter Director Office of Institutional Research and Planning University of Kansas

NPEC Staff:

Brenda Albright Consultant to NPEC

Roslyn Korb Program Director Postsecondary and Library Cooperative

Programs NCES

Meredith Ludwig Director Postsecondary Statistics Support ESSI/NCES

Nancy Schantz NPEC Project Director NCES

Robert Wallhaus Consultant to NPEC

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Preface .....................................................................................................................................................i

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Best Practices for Data Collectors ............................................................................................ I-1

II. Best Practices for Data Providers............................................................................................. II-1

Appendix A. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.......................................................... A-1

Appendix B. Selected Sources of Postsecondary Data Definitions ...................................................... B-1

Appendix C. Selected Data Sources ................................................................................................... C-1

Appendix D. Selected Survey Methodology References..................................................................... D-1

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