Special meeting about (IPEDS) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
At this meeting with TPSIDs, Frank Smith and Meg Grigal from the Think College National Coordinating Center explained proposed changes to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the impact this would have on inclusive PSE. Here is a brief summary of the issue: IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data are updated annually via surveys conducted 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. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center. Postsecondary programs for students with ID should be in IPEDS database. IPEDS currently uses the phrase “formal award” to refer to the certificates or degrees being awarded by IHEs. NCES proposes globally replacing the phrase “formal award” with “recognized postsecondary credential” across the IPEDS survey components and adding a definition of “recognized postsecondary credential” to the glossary. Recognized postsecondary credential will be defined in IPEDS as it is defined in Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This excludes students with ID from IPEDS data collection.