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Data Source:   IPEDS Completions Survey
Source
The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) that is conducted by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Contact

Samuel F. Barbett
Mathematical Statistician
Administrative Data Division: Postsecondary Branch
National Center for Education Statistics

URL
Source data and documentation for recent years are available at the NCES website: http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/.
Availability
Data are available for academic years (AY) 1966 through 2015; previously unavailable, AY 1999 data were released in 2011. From AY 1966 through AY 1986, these data were derived from the annual Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS). Beginning in 1987, these data were derived from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). AY 2015 is defined as July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
IPEDS data in WebCASPAR correspond to NCES provisional release data.
Current As Of
Data are current as of January 2017.
Data Limitations
Changes in the questionnaires occurred between academic year (AY) 1970-71, and AY 82-83; these changes had the greatest impact on the associate degrees and certificates. Therefore, the data for degrees requiring less than four years work from HEGIS I, 1966, through HEGIS V, 1970, are incompatible with the data from subsequent years. This is true only of the associate degrees and certificates--other values are comparable for all years.
Alerts
The Exercise Sciences/Physiology and Movement Studies CIP code (31.0505) that was mapped previously to the WebCASPAR discipline, Health Technologies, is now mapped to Other Life Sciences.
The report, "Science and Engineering Degrees," published by the National Science Foundation (NSF) excludes degrees in the medical sciences, the other life sciences, and all the Science and Engineering (S&E) technologies from the S&E total.
For years prior to 1996, the NCES and NSF populations of institutions are the same.

Beginning with 1996 data, the NCES has changed the subset of the postsecondary institutional universe for which data are generally reported. Previous reports were concerned primarily with enrollment in postsecondary institutions that were accredited at the college level by an agency recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (ED). Current NCES publications subset the postsecondary institutional universe on the basis of the degree-granting status (information that is available directly from IPEDS) as well as eligibility for Title IV federal financial aid (based on a list of eligible institutions maintained by ED's Office of Postsecondary Education).

Please pay close attention to the subset of the postsecondary institutional universe for which NCES data are reported when comparing NCES data to WebCASPAR data.

Notes
First-Professional Degrees are degrees that require at least six years work beyond high school, and signify completion of the academic requirements to begin practicing a profession. The NCES recognizes ten First-Professional Degrees: D.C., Chiropractic; D.D.S, Dentistry; M.D., Medicine; O.D., Optometry; D.O., Osteopathic Medicine; D.Phar., Pharmacy; Pod.D., Podiatry; D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine; LL.B., Law; and M.Div., Theology.
Quality Control
These data have been checked and verified to correspond to data published by NCES.
IPEDS data in WebCASPAR correspond to NCES provisional release data.
Data in NCES publications are for the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia and will not match WebCASPAR data for the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia, because NCES data reflect the state of the reporting unit, while WebCASPAR data reflect the state of the main unit. In WebCASPAR, multiple reporting units are combined under the FICE code of the main unit and reporting units may be located in different states (or territories) than that of the main unit. NCES data for the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia may be more closely approximated in WebCASPAR by including "Unknown State" with the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia.
In addition, data for Baccalaureate and Master's degrees have been checked and verified to correspond to data in the National Science Foundation publication series, Science and Engineering Degrees.
Crosswalks
2010 Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) values to WebCASPAR Academic Discipline, Detailed (standardized) values
2000 Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) values to 2010 CIP values
1990 Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) values to 2010 CIP values
1990 Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) values to 2000 CIP values
1985 Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) values to 1990 CIP values
Additional CIP code crosswalks may be obtained from the NCES CIP 2010 site.
  
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