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Institutional Data Archive on American Higher Education, 1970-2011

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data, census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Brint, Steven (University of California-Riverside)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
academic degrees; academic disciplines; administrative costs; administrators; colleges; departments; earned degrees; education costs; education expenditures; educational change; educational programs; educational trends; funding; graduate schools; graduate students; grants; higher education; libraries; occupations; research; scholarships; school enrollments; students; tuition; undergraduate programs; universities
  • Abstract

    The Institutional Data Archive on American Higher Education (IDA) contains academic data on 384 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The IDA is one of two databases produced by the Colleges and Universities 2000 project based at the University of California, Riverside. This release, the third compilation of the IDA, is updated through academic year 2010-2011, and includes longitudinal and cross-sectional data from multiple sources. The collection is organized into nine datasets based on the unit of analysis and whether identifiers linking the data to particular institutions are present; seven of the datasets can be linked by a common identifier variable (PROJ_ID), and two cannot be linked due to confidentiality agreements. The seven identifiable datasets contain information on institutions, university systems, programs and academic departments, earned degrees, graduate schools, medical schools, and institutional academic rankings over time. Data regarding student enrollments, average SAT and ACT scores, and tuition and fees has been recorded, as well as institutional information concerning libraries, research activity, revenue and expenditures, faculty salaries, and quality rankings for program faculty. The identifiable datasets also include census information for neighborhoods surrounding IDA colleges and universities. The two non-identifiable datasets contain confidential survey responses from IDA institution presidents, chancellors, provosts, and academic vice presidents; survey questions pertained to governance structures, institutional goals and achievements, and solicited opinions on current and future issues facing the respondent's institution and higher education in general.
  • Abstract

    The IDA was created to allow researchers to take advantage of the large volume of data on higher education, which is spread across many separate datasets. The purpose of the study is to investigate patterns of continuity and change in American four-year colleges and universities from 1970 to 2011.
  • Abstract

    Depending on the dataset, the unit of analysis is an institution, a program located within a school, a university system (e.g., the University of California), a census block-group, or an individual. The unit of analysis is as follows for each of the 9 datasets in this collection: the institution for datasets 1, 2, and 3 (n=384 institutions); the program for dataset 4 (n=2478 programs); the university system for dataset 5 (n=7 university systems); the census block-group for datasets 6 and 7 (n= 7163 census block-groups, and n=4875 census block-groups, respectively); and the individual for datasets 8 and 9 (n=384 administrative leaders for each dataset).
  • Abstract

    The IDA datasets and variables contain data that have been collected from several source datasets. For a detailed description of each IDA dataset and the variables in this collection, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted. Dataset 1, Identifiable Institutional Level Data (Multiple Sources), contains a weight variable (WEIGHT), which users may wish to apply during analysis. For additional information on weighting, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.
  • 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: Identifiable Institutional Level Data (Multiple Sources)
    • DS2: Identifiable Institutional Level Aggregated Census Data (1990)
    • DS3: Identifiable Institutional Level Aggregated Census Data (2000)
    • DS4: Identifiable Program Level Data
    • DS5: Identifiable System Level Data
    • DS6: Identifiable Block-Group Level Census Data (1990)
    • DS7: Identifiable Block-Group Level Census Data (2000)
    • DS8: Non-Identifiable Survey of Presidents and Chancellors
    • DS9: Non-Identifiable Survey of Provosts and Academic Vice Presidents
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970 / 2011
    Time period: 1970--2011
  • Collection date: 2010
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: census block-group
The sample of 384 institutions is based on stratified random sampling to over-sample selective colleges and universities and research universities. The sample includes all highly selective colleges and leading research universities in the United States (n=72). It also includes more than 100 institutions from each of the three other tiers. These three other tiers are: other selective colleges and research universities (tier 2); Carnegie 1994 Master's I institutions (tier 3); and non-selective baccalaureate-granting institutions, as well as Carnegie 1994 Master's II institutions (tier 4). For additional information on sampling, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, mixed mode, web-based survey

    Please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook for detailed information on the content and composition of each IDA dataset, including information on original dataset sources and variables.

    The American College Catalog Study Database, 1975-2011 (ICPSR 34851), is a related data collection produced by the College and Universities 2000 project.

    Additional information on the Institutional Data Archive (IDA) database and the American College Catalog Study Database (CCS) can be found on the Colleges and Universities 2000 Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34874 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Brint, Steven (2013): Institutional Data Archive on American Higher Education, 1970-2011. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.