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This Week in IPEDS (TWII)

Previous date April 4, 2022

1. Custom Comparison Groups for Data Feedback Reports

Create or update your institution's custom comparison group for your annual Data Feedback Report (DFR), a benchmarking tool to compare your institution's IPEDS data with your peers. Each year, the DFR is emailed to IPEDS Keyholders and Coordinators, then a copy is emailed to the CEO/President. If a custom comparison group is not created, a NCES-created comparison group will be used as a default group. While creating a custom comparison group is not required, a customized group may make the DFR more useful for your campus leaders. The deadline for creating your customized comparison group is July 12, 2022.

For detailed instructions on how to make changes, log into the IPEDS Data Collection System and click on the Custom Comparison Groups under the Help menu. For additional assistance in creating and/or uploading your institution's custom comparison group contact the IPEDS Data Use Help Desk (866 558-0658 or

2. College Navigator Updates

College Navigator has recently been updated with data collected during Fall 2021. Updates include general institution information, 2021-21 cost of attendance, and 2020-21 completions data. College Navigator has also been updated with newly released Basic Carnegie Classifications.

3. NCES Presentations at AACRAO

If you are attending the annual meeting of the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), please consider attending IPEDS-related presentations: (1) Meeting the Moment: Modernizing the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Admissions Survey Component; and/or (2) Capturing and Clarifying Dual Enrollment Data in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Reminder: The Spring 2022 IPEDS Data Collection is currently open and will close to Keyholders on April 6, 2022.

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