Common Data Sets

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among higher education data providers to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided across institutions through the development of clear, standard data items and definitions. Data definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, links to related information and contextual background are provided.

Within these data sets, questions labeled CDS-# are drawn directly from the Common Data Set information form. Those labeled UB-# supplement the compendium with information on other commonly requested questions of like nature.

2016-17 Common Data Sets

Archived Common Data Sets