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Postsecondary and Higher Education

Postsecondary institutions annually submit data to the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics. Data points include, but are not limited to, tuition, room and board charges, enrollment, residency of first-time freshmen, academic programs, degrees conferred and staff/faculty characteristics.
This information is available to the public through the following resources:
  • College Navigator contains profiles and contact information for postsecondary institutions.
  • IPEDS Data Center is a primary source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions.

Community College Annual Report

With the enactment of Act 46 of 2005, the General Assembly changed the landscape of funding, auditing, and reporting for the Commonwealth’s fourteen community colleges. Act 46 also required that the Department of Education produce an annual report that includes demographic and program data, student progress and achievement measures, and economic and workforce development measures. The data collected from the community colleges must be relevant to the immediately preceding school year.

The Snyder Report

The Public School Code Amendments (Act 61 of 2008) set forth requirements for state related institutions (Penn State University, Temple University, Lincoln University, and University of Pittsburgh) to continue the annual reporting requirements relative to those institutions.  This report, known as the Snyder Report, is based primarily on data reported by Pennsylvania's public universities to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as required by the annual appropriation acts for the State-related universities.
The Department of Education is charged with posting data from the report on the student credit hours and degrees, and faculty salaries and workweek activities section of the reports from these institutions on its website for a period of no less than 5 years from the date of submission.  The full Snyder Report can be obtained from the Joint State Government Commission of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For additional information, please contact:
Data Collection Team
Phone: 717.787.2644 | Fax: 717.787.3148 | TTY: 717.783.8445