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Data Source:   IPEDS Completions Survey by Race
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) 1977, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, and 1989 through 2015; previously unavailable, AY 1999 data were released in 2011. AY 2015 is defined as July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
IPEDS data in WebCASPAR correspond to NCES provisional release data.
The race and ethnicity data for AY 1983 (HEGIS XVIII) were not edited by NCES. Therefore, the data were deemed unusable and not loaded into WebCASPAR.
Current As Of
Data are current as of January 2017.
Data Limitations
These data are not broken down by the same detailed disciplines used in the regular earned degrees data. The set of broad disciplines by which these data are available is based on the regular academic disciplines. However, there are several important differences that prevent direct comparisons between the race and ethnicity data and the regular earned degrees data. Users should be sure to understand these differences. For example, agricultural sciences normally exclude agribusiness and agricultural production. However, race/ethnicity include agribusiness and agricultural production. The physical sciences include both physical AND environmental sciences.
These data were not collected by detailed, six-digit CIP codes prior to academic year 1995. Instead, they were collected by broad, two-digit CIP codes with the exception for a few disciplines (i.e., Law, Medicine, Theology) that were collected by six-digit CIP codes.
Alerts
In academic year 1985, five institutions in Puerto Rico reported all students as race unknown. The data for these five institutions (FICE codes 3937, 3943, 3944, 7108, and 29316) have been moved from unknown to Hispanic.
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
In some years, a few records in the database contain negative numbers. This resulted from the calculation of other/unknown records in which the total of the detailed race data was greater than the reported total.
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, By Race/Ethnicity of Recipients.
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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