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National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) - Mission and History


The mission of National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) is to promote the quality, comparability and utility of postsecondary data and information that support policy development at the federal, state, and institution levels. The NPEC IPEDS Research & Development Panel does this by developing a research and development agenda for IPEDS, identifying topics that will help improve the quality, comparability, and utility of IPEDS data for the postsecondary education community, consumers, and policymakers, as well as providing expertise to NCES on related IPEDS Research & Development projects.


IPEDS research and development activities are the responsibility of the NPEC. Established in 1995, NPEC is a voluntary organization that encompasses all the sectors of the postsecondary education community including federal agencies, postsecondary institutions, associations and other organizations with a major interest in postsecondary education data collection.