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Training and Outreach

IPEDS Training Resources


Online webinars and video tutorials are available to IPEDS data providers and data users.

  • For data providers, training materials cover how to prepare and submit data for all IPEDS survey components, and include information for new keyholders on reporting responsibilities and how to use the data collection system.
  • For data users, instruction covers use of the IPEDS data tools for analysis: College Navigator, the IPEDS Data Center, and the Executive Peer Tool.

These training materials are made available through a partnership with RTI International and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

More Information Go to AIR's website for IPEDS training materials


Face-to-face IPEDS training workshops are offered throughout the country. The workshops are generally in the form of hands-on computer training on reporting IPEDS data and using the various IPEDS data tools for benchmarking and analysis. Special IPEDS topics are available as well.

Training is provided by certified IPEDS trainers, and the workshops are coordinated by AIR. The workshops are usually part of larger conferences sponsored by different state higher education offices or national and regional education associations.

More Information Go to AIRís website for the current list of IPEDS training workshops.

More Information Contact an AIR representative about hosting a workshop in your state.

IPEDS Trainers List

IPEDS trainers are keyholders and coordinators from all regions of the country who have completed training themselves and are certified as knowledgeable about IPEDS. They conduct fact-to-face workshops and develop content for training modules. Along with the IPEDS Help Desks, these folks are valuable information resources on many IPEDS topics.

More Information Go to AIRís website for the list of IPEDS resource personnel.

State Coordinator Workshop

The IPEDS State Coordinator Workshop is held in conjunction with the annual State Data Conference. The full-day workshop provides IPEDS state coordinators with up-to-date information on IPEDS, including plans for the future, anticipated changes, and new features in the dissemination tools. This forum allows for exchanges of ideas and practices and a general sharing of information between the various state and federal agencies and education association representatives.

Grant and Fellowship Programs

NCES and the National Science Foundation (NSF), through RTI International and AIR, have developed a program entitled “Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions.” The goals of this program are to provide professional development opportunities to doctoral and postdoctoral students, institutional researchers, educators, and administrators, and to foster the use of federal databases for institutional research in postsecondary education. The program has the following major components:

National Data Institute: The National Data Institute: Using Federal Data to Support Research on Science, Engineering, and Postsecondary Education is a one-week intensive introduction to NCES and NSF datasets and research methodologies using large national data sources. The Institute is typically held over the summer in the Washington, DC area. It is open to institutional research practitioners, faculty and graduate students with research interests in postsecondary education, and staff from state and national associations with interests in postsecondary education data sources.

More Information Go to AIR's website for information on applying to the Institute.

Research and Dissertation Grants: NCES and NSF also supports grants aimed to increase the number of researchers using national datasets and demonstrate the contribution that these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice. Faculty and practitioners are eligible for research grants of up to $40,000 for one year of independent research. Doctoral students are eligible for dissertation grants of up to $20,000 for one year to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.

More Information Go to AIR's website for more information on these grants.


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