Methodology

OUR RESEARCH METHODS ARE UNRIVALED

Industry Leading Standards

Our Research

Our research team consists of expertly trained analysts, project managers, and researchers who handle all aspects of the data collection process.

We work closely with a team of dedicated data scientists and engineers to provide a survey experience guided by industry standards and tailored to the needs of survey respondents and the institutions they represent.

Proactive Issue Tracking

Quick Response

We are continually engaged with respondents to provide support with submitting data. We employ real-time monitoring of submissions for quick response to issues of accuracy and completeness, reaching out to respondents when errors are first detected, or further clarification is needed.

Superior Insights

Advanced Data Analyses

We perform exhaustive checks on all submitted data. Utilizing advanced analyses, we can detect large departures from previous years, and we review every submission to detect outliers and uncover errors. Our research team evaluates each submission for consistency, comparing similar institutions to each other and against external sources when necessary. When issues are detected, we coordinate with respondents to confirm their data before it is released publicly on our website and in our print publications.

Industry partnerships

Common Data Set Initiative

We are a proud partner in the Common Data Set Initiative, a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. Through this partnership, we seek to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all who are involved in a student’s transition into higher education, as well as reduce the reporting burden on data providers.