The concept of a common data set arose out of the demand placed on colleges and universities for large amounts of information from various external organizations.
The common data set is made up of a set of standards and definitions of data to help ensure that data is more likely to be reliable (consistent), valid (measure of what they are intended to measure), and accurate.
The topics included in Common Data Sets are: general information; enrollment and persistence; first-time, first-year freshman admission; transfer admission; academic offerings and policies; student life; annual expenses; financial aid; instructional faculty and class size; and degrees conferred.
Please refer to www.commondataset.org for more information. Click here to request previous years of Common Data Sets.