Strong Foundations: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems

This is a 2009 study conducted by SHEEO that cataloged 59 state-level student unit record (SUR) data systems containing postsecondary data in 44 states and the District of Columbia. This study included background historical and legal information on postsecondary SUR systems, types of data collected, state roles in federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reporting, state uses of SUR data, types of reports generated, mechanisms to ensure data quality, and sustaining SUR systems.

The study describes state postsecondary data systems, primarily within state higher education coordinating and governing boards. It updates and expands the Critical Connections study conducted by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education.

To view the 2012 data sharing update to this study, please visit Strong Foundations: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems: 2012 Update on Data Sharing with K-12 and Labor.

Learn more about State Postsecondary Data Systems.
 

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MAIN REPORT
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Appendices A through K

Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Final Data Collection Instrument
Appendix C: Respondent Directory
Appendix D: Final Data Element List
Appendix E: SEI-AEM Methodology
Appendix F: Student Unit Record Systems Included in this Study by State (2009)
Appendix G: Abbreviations Used Within Report for States with Multiple Agencies/Entities
Appendix H: Required Documentation for Outside Researchers Requesting Unit Records
Appendix I: Florida Department of Education Unit Record Data Request Packet
Appendix J: Existence of and Number of Data Elements by State SUR System
Appendix K: Full Listing of Types of Reports Generated Using SUR Data

PRESENTATIONS
Webinar: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems 101, January 2011

DOWNLOADABLE DATA
Individual Responses
 

Alabama

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

2010 profile

Alaska

University of Alaska Statewide System

2010 profile

Arizona

Arizona Academic Program Articulation Steering Committee

2010 profile

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

2010 profile

California

California Community Colleges

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California Postsecondary Education Commission

2010 profile

 

The California State University and Colleges

2010 profile

 

University of California System

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Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education

2010 profile

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Higher Education

2010 profile

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education-Higher Education Financial Services

2010 profile

Florida

Board of Governors, State University System of Florida

2010 profile

 

Florida Department of Education

2010 profile

Georgia

Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

2010 profile

Hawai'i

The University of Hawai'i System

2010 profile

Illinois

Illinois Board of Higher Education

2010 profile

Indiana

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

2010 profile

Kansas

Kansas Board of Regents

2010 profile

Kentucky

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

2010 profile

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Regents

2010 profile

Maine

University of Maine System

2010 profile

Maryland

Maryland Higher Education Commission

2010 profile

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

2010 profile

Minnesota

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

2010 profile

 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

2010 profile

Mississippi

Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning

2010 profile

Missouri

Missouri Department of Higher Education

2010 profile

Montana

Montana University System

2010 profile

Nevada

Nevada System of Higher Education

2010 profile

New Jersey

New Jersey Commission on Higher Education

2010 profile

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department

2010 profile

New York

City University of New York

2010 profile

 

New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education

2010 profile

 

The State University of New York

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North Carolina

North Carolina Community College System

2010 profile

 

University of North Carolina

2010 profile

North Dakota

North Dakota University System

2010 profile

Ohio

Ohio Board of Regents

2010 profile

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

2010 profile

Oregon

Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

2010 profile

 

Oregon University System

2010 profile

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education

2010 profile

 

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

2010 profile

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

2010 profile

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

2010 profile

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents

2010 profile

Tennessee

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

2010 profile

Texas

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

2010 profile

Utah

Utah State Board of Regents

2010 profile

Vermont

University of Vermont

2010 profile

 

Vermont State Colleges

2010 profile

Virginia

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

2010 profile

Washington

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board

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Washington Office of Financial Management

2010 profile

 

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

2010 profile

West Virginia

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

2010 profile

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin System

2010 profile

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

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Wyoming Community College Commission

2010 profile

All

Alabama through Wyoming

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Tables
Data element profiles for all state agencies/entities

Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Author: 
Tanya I. Garcia and Hans Peter L’Orange