On July 20, 2006, NCES sought final comments from the higher education community on its proposal to implement new categories and definitions for classification of first-professional degree reporting in IPEDS (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/news_room/trp_update_to_07202006_16.asp). Based on the comments received, NCES announces the following plan and implementation timeline.
Based on the Technical Review Panel (TRP) recommendations and the comments subsequently received, the first-professional degree category will be eliminated, master's degrees will be collected in a single category, and doctor's degrees will be collected in three categories: research/scholarship, professional practice, and other, as defined below:
In addition, the current first-professional certificate award category will be eliminated. Certificates previously counted in this category will be captured in the post-master's certificate category.
Three components of the IPEDS collection will be affected by these changes: Institutional Characteristics; Enrollment; and Completions. Based on comments received from the higher education, NCES will implement the new definitions and categories for reporting Institutional Characteristics and Enrollment information with the 2008-09 data collection year. As with all changes to IPEDS, the first collection year would be optional, and the second year use of the new definition would be mandatory. For Completions data, implementation of the new categories would begin in the 2009-10 data collection year (reporting on awards granted between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009) as optional, becoming mandatory the following year. For any data collections prior to the implementation date, institutions should continue to report data on first-professional degree programs under the existing definition.
Questions regarding the changes outlined above can be addressed to Elise Miller
NCES encourages interested parties to send any comments or concerns about this proposal to Elise Miller, IPEDS Program Director, by March 16, 2007. Please include the following in the email subject line: First-Professional Degrees Categories - Final Plan Comments.