This paper is part of the larger series Envisioning the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure in the 21st Century. In August 2015, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) first convened a working group of national postsecondary data experts to discuss ways to move forward a set of emerging options for improving the quality of the data infrastructure in order to inform state and federal policy conversations. The resulting paper series presents targeted recommendations, with explicit attention to related technical, resource, and policy considerations. This paper is based on research funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Institute for Higher Education Policy
John Armstrong is a policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Katie Zaback is director of research at Complete College America.