Leveraging data reported regularly by colleges and universities into useful information is critical to ensuring that more students have access to and succeed in higher education. However, the current national postsecondary data infrastructure, with its component systems built for different purposes and owned and operated by different entities, is increasingly inadequate to meet the needs of the higher education community.
Turning this fragmented infrastructure into a simpler and better coordinated system can greatly enhance our ability to leverage postsecondary data to answer important questions and improve student success.
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Option 1: Federal system (institutional surveys)
Option 2: Federal system (student records)
Option 3: Public/private exchange
Option 4: Interstate data exchange (national)