Since their inception, state-level coordinating and governing boards have been collecting and reporting higher education data. In an era of declining resources and increased accountability demands, statewide data systems allow coordinating and governing boards to address complex policy questions with increasing skill and efficiency. Based on a fifty-state survey of higher education boards, this report offers comprehensive information about the current scope of statewide student unit record data systems, their characteristics and capabilities, and their uses. It provides thoughtful analysis of student tracking systems and data sharing across agencies, and discusses confidentiality and technological advances. A brief section of this report is devoted to personnel data systems.
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