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Source: Department of Education
Date: 2024-06-21



In 2016, the Obama Administration released the College Scorecard database for first time -- a comprehensive intersection of student population, college performance and “outcome” data, measuring with precise detail who gets into what school and what they do after graduation.The raw data contains more than 1,700 columns of detailed information on over 7,800 campuses around the country. NICAR has taken that data and extracted the most useful, reliable fields, and created additional documentation to help reporters use the data more quickly and easily.Newsrooms can track and compare schools’ accessibility across different income levels alongside performance metrics and ultimate outcomes. Many schools all over the country are under budget constraints, so understanding how appropriations have impacted students can paint a vivid picture in your city or state. The Scorecard also provides insight into the world of private for-profit colleges, which have sprung up in cities and online across the country. Most importantly, the data covers all federal grant and loan recipients, so reporters can now measure the effectiveness of government aid across different types of students and schools.
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Record layouts and samples of this database

Scorecard simplified sample (scorecard_sample_2.csv) 29.0 KB
NICAR data dictionary (NICAR data dictionary.xlsx) 129.4 KB
NICAR readme (NICAR readme.docx) 27.8 KB
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