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Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) is a detailed report with data presented in a common format used by most institutions of higher education to facilitate comparisons among institutions.  These data are used by the College Board, Peterson's Guides, and U.S. News & World Report.

2018-2019 UAS Common Data Set (.xls)

UAS Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed the Carnegie Classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification framework is widely used in the study of higher education to represent and control for institutional differences and ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty in research studies.

  • Basic Classification: M2 Master’s Colleges and Universities—Medium Programs 
  • Undergraduate Instructional Program: Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence 
  • Graduate Instructional Program: Education-dominant, with other professional programs 
  • Enrollment Profile: Very high undergraduate 
  • Undergraduate Profile: Four-year, higher part-time 
  • Size and Setting: Four-year, small, primarily nonresidential 

Peer Institutions

The UAS Strategic and Assessment Planning Committee reviewed the UAS self-selected Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) peer group institutions during academic year 2012-2013 and updated the list in May 2013.

The updated peer group institutions are public 4-year and above institutions similar to UAS in size (most are in the 1,000-4,999 students size category) and geographic location (Far West, Southwest, Plains, and Rocky Mountains). Data characterizing our peers is available through the National Center for Education Statistics using IPEDS IDs (the UAS ID is 102632), or from the institutions' common data sets or Institutional Research offices.

Details of UAS Peer Institutions

In June 2017 UA Statewide Institutional Research and Budget published a report on the various peer groups for the University of Alaska System, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Southeast.

UA Peer Groups Report - June 2017


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