Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QE-014-012-1-1-United States-NCES-1987

Subject Area: Education Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: IPEDS analytics: Delta cost project database, 1987-2010.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: IPEDS analytics

Date Accessioned: 8/15/2012

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data can be downloaded as SAS, SPSS, Stata and CSV formats at

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Documentation: Documentation files are available at

Abstract: The IPEDS Analytics: Delta Cost Project Database was created to make data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) more readily usable for longitudinal analyses. Currently spanning the period from 1987 through 2010, it has a total of 202,800 observations on 932 variables derived from the institutional characteristics, finance, enrollment, completions, graduation rates, student financial aid, and human resources IPEDS survey components and a limited number of outside sources. The database is organized to have one observation per institution for each year. The database includes data for every institution that has reported institutional characteristics data to IPEDS for the fall of the academic year. It harmonizes the IPEDS finance data to provide comparable revenue and expenditure data over time and across different financial reporting standards, to the extent possible. These adjustments ensure reasonable consistency in the patterns over time and allow broad comparisons between public and private institutions. When possible, missing data have been replaced via imputation. The database creates consistent institutional groupings and matched sets to account for changes to the IPEDS universe of institutions over the time period. Additionally, variables to adjust the financial information to constant dollars are included for the Consumer Price Index-Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI), and the Higher Education Cost Adjustment (HECA).

Media/File Reports: