2011-2012 Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among
data providers in the higher education community and publishers as
represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World
Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the
quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a
student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the
reporting burden on data providers.
This goal is attained by the development of clear, standard data
items and definitions in order to determine a specific cohort relevant
to each item. Data items and definitions used by the U.S. Department of
Education in its higher education surveys often serve as a guide in the
continued development of the CDS.