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Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Institutional Characteristics, 1995-1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and machine-readable text
  • United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
academic degrees; academic disciplines; admissions policies; higher education; instruction; postsecondary education; student financial aid; tuition and fees; universities
  • Abstract

    This collection offers data on basic characteristics of postsecondary institutions in the United States and covers institutional characteristics for 1995-1996. The data provide the basis for assigning each institution to a specific sector, which in turn determines the selection and distribution of other IPEDS surveys and the specific version of each survey appropriate to the institution. Sector is determined by an institution's control (public, private nonprofit, or private for-profit) and its highest level of offering (four-year or higher, at least two-year but less than four-year, or less than two-year certificate, diploma, degree, or other formal award). Key data elements in Part 1, Institutional Characteristics, include the name, address, and telephone number of the institution as well as information about levels of course offerings, calendar system, admissions requirements, student services, accreditation, modes of instruction, and institutional eligibility for student financial aid programs. Updated information on tuition/fees and room and board charges for the current academic year also is available. Part 2, Institutions with Continuous Calendar System, and Part 3, Institutions with Other Calendar System, are ASCII text files containing lists of institution ID numbers and the period or type of calendar system the institution used. The unit of analysis for all files is the postsecondary institution.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Institutional Characteristics
    • DS2: Institutions with Continuous Calendar System
    • DS3: Institutions with Other Calendar System
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995 / 1996
    Time period: 1995--1996
Geographic Coverage
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • United States
  • Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All postsecondary institutions in operation in 1995 in the United States and its outlying areas.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook and data collection instruments are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2006-01-18 File CB2153.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2153 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Stearns, Christina, Watanabi, Satoshi. HIspanic Serving Institutions: Statistical Trends from 1990 to 1999. NCES 2002-051, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. 2002.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics (1998): Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Institutional Characteristics, 1995-1996. Version 1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.