Graduation Report from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Posted by U.S. Department of Education on October 30, 2017

Finally: IPEDS Data on Pell Recipients’ Postsecondary Outcomes

By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, National College Access Network

For over three years, NCAN has used talked about the need for more and better data on students’ postsecondary outcomes, especially those of Pell Grant recipients. Today is finally the day that we tell you we have that data.

On Oct. 12, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced additions to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) that will greatly expand our knowledge of students’ postsecondary outcomes.

The additions come in two important pieces:

  • The IPEDS Graduate Rate (GR) Survey includes data on the outcomes of Pell Grant and subsidized Stafford Loan recipients (and non-recipients) for the class of 2010 (for four-year institutions) and the class of 2013 (for two-year institutions). As in past years with the GR survey, these data cover only first-time, full-time students, but next year’s survey will include students across attendance types.
  • Speaking of attendance types, yesterday marks the first release of the Outcome Measures (OM) survey, which considers student outcomes across four attendance cohorts: first-time, full-time; first-time, part-time; non-first-time, full-time; non-first-time, part-time.

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