Periodically we come across useful analytical tools for assessing and analyzing factors in higher education. We would like to share these tools with you as we discover them, as well as invite you to contribute to this offering.
College Results Online
College Results Online allows you to examine overall graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time, learn about universities' records graduating diverse groups of students, and compare the graduation rates of similar institutions, colleges and universities. (Education Trust)
Compare Academic Libraries Tool
The Compare Academic Libraries Tool allows users to get information on a particular library, or to customize a peer group by selecting the key variables that are used to define it. Users can then view customized reports of the comparison between the library of interest and its peers, on a variety of variables as selected by the user. More data on Academic Libraries can be found at nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/academic.asp. (National Center for Education Statistics)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP 2000)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that will support the accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. Originally developed in 1980 by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 2000 edition of the CIP (CIP-2000) presents an updated taxonomy of instructional program classifications and descriptions.
Data Analysis System (DAS)
The Data Analysis System (DAS) is a Windows software application that provides access to Department of Education survey data. The DAS allows users to create programming instruction files (DAS files) that specify the information they want displayed in a table. DAS software can also create correlation matrices which can be used to conduct multivariate analysis. (National Center for Education Statistics)
This site provides the most complete independently-reviewed analyses of selected course management software tools. Three companion sites are also in development. They will analyze student services software and service providers, e-learning policies and instructional technologies.
Graduation Rates For Selected Bachelor-Degree-Granting Colleges
Using IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey (GRS) data for four-year institutions, this tool, developed by Nate Johnson of the Florida Division of Colleges and Universities, allows one to search for four, five, and six-year bachelor’s degree graduation rates by state, sector, Carnegie Classification, and urbanicity. Results are shown by race/ethnicity and can be further refined by gender and specific institution.
IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) College Opportunities On-Line is designed to help college students, future students, and their parents understand the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend college in the United States. Users can search for colleges and universities based on location, program, or degree offerings either alone or in combination. (National Center for Education Statistics)
IPEDS Peer Analysis System
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Peer Analysis System is a tool designed to enable a user to easily compare a postsecondary institution of the user's choice to a group of peer institutions, also selected by the user. (National Center for Education Statistics)
Midwest Postsecondary Education Resource Library (PERL)
The Midwest PERL is designed to meet the data and policy-research needs of MHEC’s constituents through two complementary databases: 1) state-specific data for MHEC member states and 2) links to quality policy reports and scholarly articles searchable by issue, sector, and institutional type.
National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis
This website provides higher education policymakers and analysts with the data and information needed to make sound policy decisions. It provides comparative data for states, and counties, and useful contextual information on topics including, preparation, participation, affordability, student learning, completion, benefits, employment and finance. (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL)
OERL was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. Resources include instruments, plans, and reports (the tabs across the top of this page) from evaluations that have proven to be sound and representative of current evaluation practices.
Predicting Bachelor's Degree Completion
A statistical tool that estimates the percent chance of bachelor's degree completion for a variety of student profiles and attendance scenarios. Results are based on the performance of 1993-94 Florida public high school graduates in Florida public community colleges and universities over a seven-year period. (Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement)
State Policy Inventory Database Online (SPIDO)
A joint project between WICHE and the Pathways to College Network, SPIDO is designed to provide state and national policymakers, education leaders, practitioners and education consumers with an inventory of state-level policies and resources in key policy domains related to student achievement, access and success in higher education. (WICHE & Pathways to College Network)
Teacher Preparation Policy Toolkit
This toolkit was designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with the information, tools and guidance necessary to develop informed policies to increase community colleges’ involvement in teacher preparation. (Education Commission of the States)
WebCASPAR was designed to provide quick and convenient access to a wide range of statistical data focusing on U.S. universities and colleges and their science and engineering resources. (National Science Foundation)