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Common Data Set  

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Thomson Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers. The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database. Data items and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its higher education surveys often serve as a guide in the continued development of the CDS.

Common Data Set 2014-15

Common Data Set 2013-14

Common Data Set 2012-13

Common Data Set 2011-12

Common Data Set 2010-11

Common Data Set 2009-10

Common Data Set 2008-09

Common Data Set 2007-08

Common Data Set 2006-07

Common Data Set 2005-06