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PEDAR: Research Methodology Gender Differences in Participation and Completion of Undergraduate Education and How They Have Changed Over Time
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
The Current Population Survey
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study
National Educational Longitudinal Study
Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
1995-96 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
1993/97 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
2000/01 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
Accuracy of Estimates
Item Response Rates
Data Analysis System
Statistical Procedures
Differences Between Means
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 The Current Population Survey

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of a nationally representative sample of approximately 50,000 households from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The CPS has been conducted for more than 50 years. The Bureau of the Census conducts the survey for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, asking a knowledgeable adult household member (known as the “household respondent”) to answer all the questions on all of the month’s questionnaires for all members of the household.

The CPS collects data on the social and economic characteristics of the civilian, noninstitutional population, including information on income, education, and participation in the labor force. However, the CPS does not collect all this information every month. Each month a “basic” CPS questionnaire is used to collect data about participation in the labor force of each household member, 15 years old and above, in every sampled household. In addition, different supplemental questionnaires are administered each month to collect information on other topics.

CPS data for this report was initially published in The Condition of Education 2002 (NCES 2002–025), indicator 25. Further information on the CPS can be found at Further information on The Condition of Education can be found at

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