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Institutional Research Resources

Institutional Research Resources provide links to relevant website locations which provide history, requirements, use, publication and applicability of UHCL institutional research data to internal and external constituents.

  University of Houston System


University of Houston – Main Campus

University of Houston – Downtown Campus

University of Houston – Clear Lake (including UH-CL Pearland) Campus

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

University of Houston – Victoria Campus

  Reporting Agencies-Reports/Surveys and Additional Information
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)  http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/
Provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system 
CBM Reporting Manual and Appendices 
Higher Education Accountability System   
Used to track performance on critical measures that exemplify higher education institutions' missions. The System is modeled on the state's higher education plan. Its major focus is on the four Closing the Gaps target areas of participation, success, excellence and research
THECB Affordability Survey Report System (ASRS) 
Instructions for Reporting Information to The Affordability Survey Report System 2013-2014         https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/Affordability/Instructions.pdf 
THECB’s Community College Transfer Student Report  http://www.txhighereddata.org/
Information regarding Texas Institutions’ efforts to increase the number, success, and persistence of community college transfer students
The College Board Tuition and Fees Survey   https://www.collegeboard.org/

Mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity, collecting undergraduate tuition and fee information from various colleges and universities

Profile Reports Electronically Produced (PREP)  http://www.txhighereddata.org/Interactive/PREP_New/
Data collected from Texas public higher education institutions are summarized into management information system database tables for query access
Automated Student and Adult Learner Follow-Up System - Exit Cohort Reports 
Academic Performance of 2-Year College Transfer Students at Texas Public Universities      
Course and Program Inventories     

Texas Higher Education Almanac  http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=A44B548A-E50C-8417-E09BF83FC11EA1EF

Texas Higher Education Laws and Rules  http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/Laws/default.cfm      

Online Institutional Resumes http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/resumes/

Legislative Budget Board (LBB) http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/
A permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations, completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation, and conducts evaluations and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations 
Agencies Portal (reporting portal)     http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Agencies_Portal.aspx

Actual Performance Measures – ABEST system     http://abest1.lbb.state.tx.us/

Intergraded Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The primary source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States   

Report Your Data – IPEDS 2014-2015   https://surveys.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

IPEDS Data Center   http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/  
Allows users to retrieve IPEDS data  
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  http://nces.ed.gov/  
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education
IPEDS - Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)  http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode/Default.aspx?y=55

Provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity.  CIP was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 

National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)  http://nces.ed.gov/NPEC/
Voluntary organization that encompasses all sectors of the postsecondary education community including federal agencies, postsecondary institutions, associations and other organizations with a major interest in postsecondary education data collection
Consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Accrediting Body) http://www.sacs.org/  
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC   Regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states     
  Other External Surveys
ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire  http://www.act.org/idq/ 
Information for nearly 4,000 two-year and four-year colleges and universities, including data about enrollment, admissions, costs, financial aid, student affairs, academic programs
Common Data Set Initiative (CDS)  http://www.commondataset.org/    
A collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers 
Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)  http://www.cgsnet.org/
Surveys include: Survey for Graduate Enrollment and Degrees CGS International Graduate Admissions, Phase I CGS International Graduate Admissions, Phase III Benchmarking data and services help member institutions assess performance in specific areas of graduate education and research and make informed decisions that benefit students, faculty, and the institution as a whole  
National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering  http://www.nsf.gov/ 
An independent federal agency created "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" Collects information from institutions granting research-based master’s degrees or doctorates in science, engineering, and selected health fields
Open Doors Annual Census of International Students  http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data 
IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of campuses regarding the international students in the United States since 1919, and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors also conducts and reports on separate surveys on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit (since 1985), and on international scholars at U.S. universities and international students enrolled in pre-academic Intensive English Programs
Peterson’s  http://www.petersons.com/ 
Surveys include:  Annual Survey of Undergraduate Institutions Peterson's Interim Expenses Update for Undergraduate Institutions Details on every U.S.-accredited two- and four-year college and university. Includes details on over 35,000 graduate programs
Highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve 
U.S. News and World Report Education  http://www.usnews.com/education
Surveys includes: U.S. News Best Colleges Finance U.S. News Best Colleges MAIN U.S. News Best Online Bachelor’s Programs U.S. News Best Online Computer/IT Programs Rankings and data on nearly 1,800 schools, including information about undergraduate and graduate programs offered, financial aid, student life, and admissions
  Other Publications/Data Sources
Education Commission of the States
National Center for Education Statistics
National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (NCHEMS)


The Chronicle for Higher Education
The Texas Board of Public Accountancy  http://www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/php/fpl/unvcompare.php
Publishes the CPA passing rates for universities. Overall, UHCL accounting students perform comparably to those of other master’s institutions
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis
Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR)
Society for College and University Planning
Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC)
Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR)
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