Data Sources

AAU: The Association of American Universities (AAU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education.

 AAUDE: The Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) is a public service organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education. Our membership is comprised of AAU institutions that support this purpose and participate in the exchange of data/information to support decision-making at their institution.

IPEDS: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

IR Data Warehouse: Houses snapshots of student, financial and human resource data taken at regular intervals for the purpose of analyzing trends/patterns and predicting outcomes. Many operational databases are designed to give real-time information and therefore often only present the most recent record for a given student, faculty, person or entity. To provide more analytical insight, flat files are made by regularly pulling data at the same point in time during each term or year. For example, every fall there is a census of students taken at the fourth week of classes. This allows researchers to focus on year-over-year enrollment changes and avoid complications with the cyclical enrollment patterns that may occur during an academic year.

Reporting Periods

Student Activity — Fourth-week and end-of-term

Personnel — October 31

University Salaries

The Office of Institutional Research now publishes salary data for all unclassified and classified position classes twice a year. In the fall, we will publish salaries for all employees who worked at the University the previous year. In the spring, we will publish salaries for all positions filled in the fall term of the current fiscal year.

SERU: Housed at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Project is a joint and institutional undertaking spanning several years. The mission of the SERU Project is to help improve the undergraduate experience and educational processes by generating new, longitudinal information on the undergraduate experience at research universities - via an innovative survey - to be used by administrators, policy makers, and scholars.