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Title:  Postsecondary Student Terminology: A Handbook of Terms and Definitions for Describing Students in Postsecondary Education
Description: This handbook is a resource publication designed to encourage standardization in the use of terms and definitions by the numerous agencies, institutions, and organizations which provide, set policy for, support, and/or regulate postsecondary education. Although recent years have seen several successful attempts to develop terminology systems for college and university students, this handbook reflects the first major effort to organize and consolidate terminology for the full range of postsecondary students, including technical and vocational school students as well as students engaged in various forms of adult education and nontraditional study. Contained in the handbook are terms and definitions for data elements and qualifiers. The handbook also contains narrative sections designed to facilitate the adoption of the terminology in information systems and to provide guidelines for protecting the confidentiality of student records. It is anticipated that this handbook will assist planners, administrators, and other decision makers by providing a common language which can contribute to a higher quality of data and to more efficient information management.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: March 1981
Web Release: March 28, 1981
Print Release: This Publication will only be available online.
Publication #: NCES 79409
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: John F. Putnam
Type of Product: Handbook
Survey/Program Areas: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Handbook, please contact:
NCES WebMaster.