What Is IPEDS?


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs (Title IV). These data are used at the federal and state level for policy analysis and development; at the institutional level for benchmarking and peer analysis; and by students and parents, through the College Navigator, an online tool to aid in the college search process. The completion of all IPEDS surveys, in a timely and accurate manner, is mandatory for all institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any Federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended.

Data Feedback Report

The Data Feedback Report is intended to provide institutions with a context for examining the data they submitted to IPEDS. The purpose of this report is to provide institutional executives with a useful resource and to help improve the quality and comparability of IPEDS data.

The Data Feedback Report graphically summarizes BCM’s IPEDS data and compares it to the data of the custom IPEDS peer group. The inside cover of this report lists the pre-selected comparison group of institutions and the criteria used for their selection. The Methodological Notes at the end of the report describe additional information about these indicators and the pre-selected comparison group.