How to Prepare Your Data for IPEDS Reporting
senior statistical analyst
What is IPEDS?
For those unaware, IPEDS is that annual set of info-gathering surveys required of higher-ed institutions that participates in federal student financial aid programs. We happen to be in the middle of just one of their seasonal reporting periods. At the moment, schools need to submit surveys surrounding their completions, their 12-month enrollments, and institutional characteristics.
Ultimately, IPEDS reporting boils down to accessing the data and making sure it’s accurate when you submit it. However, it’s all those pesky little things that complicate what should be a simple process. Does the data in your system need to be reformatted before it looks the way that IPEDS needs it to? Are the answers to different parts of the surveys scattered across systems or tables?
Importing IPEDS Data—with Confidence
Our analysts at Rapid Insight have already been helping our higher-ed customers with IPEDS-related data gathering, cleaning, and structuring. But this year, as the next IPEDS reporting deadline approaches, we realized another area where we could offer support: the data import process.
Many institutions have a good handle on the numbers themselves, but submitting the numbers—and avoiding typos—is where we wanted to offer more help. IPEDS allows for data “imports” as long as your data is structured in a fixed-width file and adhere to dozens of little requirements about column lengths, names, and orders.
The good news? Veera Construct can handle all of that. And because our Support Team is committed to making life easier for you, we created a custom job that we’re sharing for free!
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