Common Data Set
As noted by the College Board, the Common Data Set (CDS) project is a collaboration among data providers in the higher education sector and publishers such as the College Board, Peterson's, U.S. News & World Report, and Wintergreen/Orchard House. The overall objective of the CDS initiative is two-fold: to improve the quality and accuracy of data provided to organizations involved in students' transition into colleges and universities, and to reduce the reporting burden on institutions that provide the data. The CDS contains clearly defined data that range from admissions, enrollment, retention, classes, activities, policies, to costs for each participating institution.
Data elements and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its higher education surveys serve as a guide in the continued development of the CDS. Furthermore, CDS data elements undergo broad review by the CDS Advisory Board and data providers representing secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges. During its annual review process, feedback from organizations that utilize the CDS are taken into consideration.
Questions or comments about the CDS may be sent to the College Board at email@example.com.
CSUMB CDS responses are depicted in red font throughout the CDS pages. To ease navigation, click on the "Bookmark" tab on the top left to access the Table of Contents. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (831) 582-4664, for questions regarding CSUMB's CDS elements.
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