Common Data Set

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The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is 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.  This goal is attained by the development of clear, standard data items, and definitions in order to determine a specific cohort relevant to each item.  Common Data Set items undergo broad review by the CDS Advisory Board as well as by data providers representing secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges.  Feedback from those who utilize the CDS also is considered throughout the annual review process.  For more information about CDS, see http://www.commondataset.org/

Simon Fraser University is a participant in this collaboration and the data items on this page (see hyperlinks by year) follow the CDS definitions.