Since the beginning of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) effort in 2009, SHEEO has been a strong supporter of the development efforts and a leader in the CEDS Consortium, a partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC), the SIF Association, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), and NCES in the promotion of the standards.
With the release of CEDS 3.0 (January 2013), we have highly useful and still growing standards for the postsecondary community.
SHEEO's SCOPE OF WORK
SHEEO’s focus is on collaborating with various segments of our community to set directions for developing, sustaining and using the standards.
We currently have three parallel focus areas:
- Adoption and/or implementation by postsecondary state agencies, each at their appropriate level.
- Implementation by major non-governmental “data requestors” including metrics publishers, accreditors, and others who routinely request data form states and institutions.
- Implementation at the institution level, with initial focus on institutional data warehouses and other longitudinal data collections.
Voices of Support includes a list of state higher education agencies, national organizations, Higher Education Research Organizations, and individuals who support the goals of the CEDS initiative.
OTHER CEDS RESOURCES
OTHER POSTSECONDARY ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN THE ADOPTION OF CEDS STANDARDS
POSTSECONDARY ELECTRONIC STANDARDS COUNCIL (PESC)
Focused on “Unlocking the Power of Data” since 1997, PESC is a community-based, umbrella association of colleges and universities; college and university systems; professional and commercial organizations; data, software and service providers; non-profit organizations and associations; and state and federal government agencies. PESC has been an early and consistent supporter of the CEDS initiative.
The PESC position on Common Education Data Standards
ASSOCIATION FOR INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH (AIR)
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) with more than 4,000 members is the world's largest professional organization for institutional researchers. The organization has been a long time supporter of the Common Education Data Standards and encourages its members to be involved in the project.
AIR Website - on the Common Education Data Standards
ILLINOIS HIGHER EDUCATION COUNCIL
Many of the postsecondary institutions in Illinois have joined together to form the Illinois Higher Education Consortium (IHEC) which serves as an independent body responsible for the determination and collection of data elements for the postsecondary sector in the Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS). The Data Elements Committee of IHEC started work in the fall of 2011 and used CEDS elements for guidance during the discussions and debate. Although the group was not able to follow CEDS in all instances, many of our first round data elements are in alignment. IHEC will be reviewing data elements each year to discuss revisions to existing elements and the addition of new elements so CEDS will continue to assist us in our work in the years ahead.
WICHE FOUR-STATE PILOT PROJECT
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has embarked on a project to facilitate a multistate longitudinal data exchange. Its principal objective is to pilot a data exchange among several states – initially four Western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii)– allowing for more comprehensive analyses of the production, stock, and flows of human capital through a regional, multi-state approach.
Ultimately, a multi-state data exchange system would have a diverse and robust collection of data available for exchange, but as a pilot project working across multiple sectors and states, the initial group of data elements to be worked with is relatively small and foundational in nature. This provides an opportunity for the pilot project to utilize CEDS as a starting point for what elements to exchange once the project settles on a structure and a set of agreements for exchanging data; what data are exchanged in this effort can potentially grow alongside CEDS.
WICHE Website Information of the data exchange