IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs (Title IV). These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.
The completion of all IPEDS surveys, in a timely and accurate manner, is mandatory for all institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any Federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. Institutions that do not comply with the requirement to complete and submit their IPEDS surveys will receive a fine up to $35,000 (for each violation) or other administrative action, such as a limitation, suspension, or termination of eligibility to participate in the Title IV, HEA programs.
IPEDS produces a series of brochures that describe the survey process and provide answers to commonly asked questions.
- IPEDS Data Collection & Release Procedures Brochure
- IPEDS Enrollment Brochure
- IPEDS Graduation Rates Brochure
- IPEDS Student Financial Aid: Undergraduate Brochure
- NCES Postsecondary Surveys
The Data Feedback Report graphically summarizes MUW’s IPEDS data and compares it to the data of the custom IPEDS peer group.