Information Services FAQ
What is the fastest, easiest way to obtain IPEDS data?
What types of data does NCHEMS have?
NCHEMS archives the IPEDS/HEGIS Survey datasets that are collected every year by NCES (National Center for Education Statistics). NCHEMS has all of the IPEDS surveys available (and most of the HEGIS). NCHEMS has data back to the late 1960’s.
How do I know what is collected on the IPEDS Surveys?
Every institution should have a copy of the various IPEDS surveys because of federal requirements on data submission. Check your Institutional Research or Registrars Office, and all of the survey forms are now available on the web. Most of the data items on the survey are in the dataset. Please keep in mind that survey forms change over time.
Why is there such a lag time in the data and is this a problem?
After collecting data for a dataset from all of the institutions, NCES does some major checks and balances on all of the datasets. If something is not correct or does not add up, NCES contacts that institution and tries to resolve the problem. This process is slow. Usually the lag time is not a problem, as most institutions do not change substantially over a couple of years. If you need more recent data, one method would be to directly contact the other institutions. However, an additional year of data is not often warranted given the time involved in contacting other institutions, especially if it is a large peer group.
What forms of output are available?
IPEDS data can be put into an Excel spreadsheet or printed out and sent to you.
How many institutions can I include in a dataset or on a report?
However many you want. You may want information on your institution only, your institution and your set of peers, all of the institutions in your state or Carnegie Classification, or up to 500 institutions that you specify (additional charge for over 500 institutions may apply).
How do I find a set of Peer Institutions?
NCHEMS offers the Comparison Group Selection Service (CGSS) for this purpose. The CGSS is designed to aid institutions in selecting a group of institutions which are similar in mission to be used in comparative data analyses. CGSS has been in use at NCHEMS since 1982 and has been used by hundreds of institutions.
Can I get the IPEDS data from the source myself?
Yes. However, while you are waiting for your data to download, your Standard Reports or Customized dataset could be emailed to you!
No figuring out column layouts or reporting software.
No time taken from your busy schedule or your analysts’ overbooked schedule.
To order standard reports or customized datasets, or if you have further questions,
Contact: Linda Leyba at (303) 497-0314 or firstname.lastname@example.org