Strong Foundations

Postsecondary student unit record systems are the primary means for states to collect data and analyze student progress, completions, and outcomes. Since 2010, SHEEO has conducted surveys of state postsecondary data systems to better understand the “state of state postsecondary data.” Multiple iterations of the Strong Foundations survey have documented the content, capacity, and effective use of state postsecondary data systems.

Strong Foundations 2016: The State of Postsecondary Data Systems


Strong Foundations 2012: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems


Communities of Practice

SHEEO’s Communities of Practice project is focused on increasing the capacity and utilization of state postsecondary data systems, and providing a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with those systems.

Data Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals

September 27, 2018
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2018 - IPEDS Coordinators Meeting and NCES State Data Conference

April 30, 2018
Arlington, VA
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Is Statewide Data Worth the Cost?

It’s not unusual to hear calls for “better data” in the world of education, but better data are expensive. It takes a significant, sustained infusion of resources to determine what information will be collected, coordinate thousands of staff across hundreds of institutions to enter that information, build a database to store it, link it to other databases, and make it available to the public in an understandable way. Is better…

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A Matter of Trust: Independent Institution Concerns Regarding Security, Privacy, and Data Governance in Postsecondary Data Systems

In March 2018, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) held a Community of Practice convening, “Integrating Independent Institutions in Postsecondary Data Systems,” in Denver, Colorado. Part of a larger project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the March meeting included participants from nine states, representing independent institutions and state data systems, to discuss the capacity and effective use of state postsecondary data systems and best practices…

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