Database Change Broadens View of Outcomes

One big flaw of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Database System (IPEDS) has been fixed. The U.S. Department of Education has revamped its higher education database to begin tracking non-traditional students — the ones who aren’t attending school full-time or aren’t entering college as freshmen right from high school — an additional 650,000 people.

According to reporting on Medium’s Third Way, the improvements cover collection of data on part-time and transfer students as well as information on outcomes for Pell Grant recipients (though the latter appears to be available only in the downloadable files, not in the public reports on College Navigator available on the National Center for Education Statistics website).

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