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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.

The Snyder Report

The Public School Code Amendments (Act 61 of 2008) set forth requirements for Pennsylvania public institutions (Penn State University, Temple University, Lincoln University, University of Pittsburgh, and the State System universities) to continue the annual reporting requirements previously required as part of the annual appropriations acts relative to those institutions. 

These reports, known as the Snyder Report and the Stairs Report, are based primarily on data reported by Pennsylvania's public universities to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 

The Snyder Report focuses on data related to student credit hours and degrees, and faculty salaries and workweek activities, for all academic programs of the university for the reporting year. 

The Stairs Report focuses on the financial disclosure reporting required of the state-related universities for the reporting year. 

The Department of Education is charged with posting data from 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 and Stairs Reports 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