Data Sources and Definitions for UNO Key Performance Indicators
All data are from the IPEDS Analytics: Delta Cost Project Database. The Delta Cost Project data were assembled to make data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) more readily usable for longitudinal analyses. Currently spanning the period from 1987 through 2010, it has a total of 202,800 observations on 932 variables derived from the institutional characteristics, finance, enrollment, completions, graduation rates, student financial aid, and human resources IPEDS survey components and a limited number of outside sources.
The maintenance and hosting of the IPEDS Analytics: Delta Cost Project Database was taken over by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2012. The database was originally created by the Delta Cost Project (an independent, nonprofit organization) in 2007. For a detailed history of the development of the database under the Delta Cost Project, which covers the 1987-2009 period, please refer to its location on the NCES website: http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/deltacostproject/download/DCP_History_Documentation.pdf.
The Delta Cost Project database has been posted online in two parts for easier downloading; the first part contains the file for the 1987-1999 academic years and the second for the 2000-2010 academic years. These files are intended to be merged together to create the full 1987-2010 database. For additional information on the 1987-2010 database, see the document at: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012823.pdf.
NCES allows certain institutions ("parent institutions") to report data for branch campuses or other affiliated institutions ("child institutions ") for various IPEDS surveys. Parent institutions may have one or more child institutions and these parent/child relationships may differ over time and/or by survey. At some point in the past, UNO was treated as a child institution for IPEDS reporting purposes. The result was that some IPEDS data for UNO was reported with UNL as the parent institution. Fortunately, separate UNL and UNO data for all Delta Cost Project indicators are available through the Trends in College Spending (TCS) Online for the academic years spanning the 2004-2009 time period. Separate UNO and UNL data for 2010. 2011 and sometimes 2012 were obtained from IPEDS reporting surveys provided by the campuses. UNK data were obtained from the IPEDS Analytics: Delta Cost Project Database for 2004-2010, with 2011 and 2012 data drawn from IPEDS reporting surveys made available by UNK.
Data for all 20 Key Performance Indicators were available for the academic years during the 2004-2010 time period. UNO, UNL and UNK data were available for the 2011 and, in some cases, 2012 academic years. Key Performance Indicators are reported by year. The 2004 data are for the fall 2003-2004 Academic Year covering fall 2003 through spring 2004 period. Likewise, 2012 data are for the 2011-2012 academic year ending in the spring 2012 semester.
To facilitate comparisons over time, all financial data were adjusted for inflation. Most financial indicators were available for UNO, UNL and UNK through 2011, thus all financial data are reported in 2011 dollars. The Urban-CPI was used for all inflation adjustments.
In addition, most variables have been standardized to allow useful comparisons. In most cases, data are expressed per FTE (full-time equivalent) student. In a few cases, data have been standardized as a percentage of a selected cohort (e.g., percent of entering freshmen retained in the following fall semester) or as a percentage of enrolled students.
In addition to showing the trend for UNO, each KPI chart shows the trend for two sets of peer institutions. One is the official Board of Regents Peer Institutions for UNO. This includes 10 institutions: Cleveland State University; Northern Illinois University; Portland State University; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; University of Colorado at Denver; University of Missouri at St. Louis; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; University of Northern Iowa; University of Texas at San Antonio; and Wichita State University.
The second set of comparison institutions shown in each KPI chart includes 10 urban universities which are members of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). Seven of these institutions overlap the official BOR Peer group. The CUMU Peer group includes: Cleveland State University; Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis; Oakland University; Portland State University; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of Missouri-St. Louis; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; University of Texas at San Antonio; and Wichita State University.
In addition to averages for the two sets of peers, data can also be displayed for UNL, UNK, as well as the three 4-year campuses of the University of Nebraska: UNK, UNL and UNO.
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