Skip Navigation
Title: Beginning Postsecondary Students Study 12/17 (BPS:12/17): Data File Documentation
Description: This publication describes the methodology used in the 2012/17 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:12/17). BPS:12/17 is the second and final follow-up study of students who began postsecondary education in the 2011 12 academic year. These students were first interviewed as part of the 2011 12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12). In particular, this report details the methodology and outcomes of the BPS:12/17 sample design, student interview design, student interview data collection processes, administrative records matching, data file processing, and weighting procedures. The BPS study is unique in that it includes both traditional and nontraditional students, follows their paths through postsecondary education over the course of 6 years, and is not limited to enrollment at a single institution.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: November 2019
Web Release: November 8, 2019
Publication #: NCES 2020522
Center/Program: NCES
Associated Centers: IES
Type of Product: User's Manual/Data File Documentation
Survey/Program Areas: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this User's Manual/Data File Documentation, please contact:
David Richards.