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 2012: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems


Strong Foundations 2016: The State of 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.

2018 - IPEDS Coordinators Meeting and NCES State Data Conference

April 30, 2018
Arlington, VA
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The first of two “Data Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals”

September 27, 2018
Washington, DC
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State Postsecondary Data 101

Demand is high for detailed information on students’ progress and outcomes through their postsecondary education. Many factors contribute to this increased desire for information, including a renewed emphasis on institutional accountability, interest in consumer information for prospective students and regular inquiries from policymakers to state coordinating and governing boards. State Postsecondary Unit Record Systems (PSURS) are the primary means for gathering student progress and outcomes metrics at a state level. PSURS generate critical…

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State CEOs of Higher Education Need Support to Succeed

Imagine you’re being recruited for a new role. The job description says you’ll be expected to dramatically improve outcomes, find consensus in a hyper-partisan policy environment, and succeed even as critical funding is cut year after year. Do you take the job? Given that daunting scenario, many of us would politely decline. But at a time when state policy success is increasingly linked to student success, economic growth and social…

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