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American College Catalog Study Database, 1975-2011 (ICPSR 34851) RSS

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The American College Catalog Study Database (CCS) contains academic data on 286 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. CCS is one of two databases produced by the Colleges and Universities 2000 project based at the University of California-Riverside. The CCS database comprises a sampled subset of institutions from the related Institutional Data Archive (IDA) on American Higher Education (ICPSR 34874). Coding for CCS was based on college catalogs obtained from College Source, Inc. The data are organized in a panel design, with measurements taken at five-year intervals: academic years 1975-76, 1980-81, 1985-86, 1990-91, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2005-06, and 2010-11. The database is based on information reported in each institution's college catalog, and includes data regarding changes in major academic units (schools and colleges), departments, interdisciplinary programs, and general education requirements. For schools and departments, changes in structure were coded, including new units, name changes, splits in units, units moved to new schools, reconstituted units, consolidated units, departments reduced to program status, and eliminated units.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Characteristics Variables - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS2:  Major Unit Variables - Download All Files (7.6 MB)
DS3:  Professional School Departments Variables - Download All Files (14.5 MB)
DS4:  Arts and Sciences Departments Variables - Download All Files (22.3 MB)
DS5:  Interdisciplinary Program Variables - Download All Files (9.8 MB)
DS6:  General Education Requirements Variables - Download All Files (14.4 MB)
DS7:  Business General Education Requirement Variables - Download All Files (4.2 MB)

Study Description


Brint, Steven. American College Catalog Study Database, 1975-2011. ICPSR34851-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-11-01. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34851.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   academic disciplines, academic standards, colleges, departments, educational change, educational trends, higher education, universities

Smallest Geographic Unit:   state

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1970--2012

Date of Collection:  

  • 2010

Unit of Observation:   Institutions of higher learning

Universe:   Four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

CCS contains seven datasets that can be linked through an institutional identification number variable (PROJ_ID). Since the data are organized in a panel format, it is also necessary to use a second variable (YEAR) to link datasets. For a brief description of each CCS dataset, please see Appendix B within the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

There are date discrepancies between the data and the Original P.I. Documentation. Study Time Periods and Collection Dates reflect dates that are present in the data. No additional information was provided.

Please note that the related data collection featuring the Institutional Data Archive on American Higher Education, 1970-2011, will be available as ICPSR 34874.

Additional information on the American College Catalog Study Database (CCS) and the Institutional Data Archive (IDA) database can be found on the Colleges and Universities 2000 Web site.


Study Purpose:   The American College Catalog Study Database (CCS) is intended to allow researchers to examine changes in the structure of institutionalized knowledge in four-year colleges and universities within the United States.

Study Design:   For information on the study design, including detailed coding conventions, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

Sample:   CCS includes 286 institutions drawn from the IDA sample of 384 United States four-year colleges and universities. CCS contains every IDA institution for which a full set of catalogs could be located at the initiation of the project in 2000.

Weight:   The data are not weighted. Dataset 1, Characteristics Variables, contains three weight variables (IDAWT, CCSWT, and CASEWEIGHT) which users may wish to apply during analysis. For additional information on weights, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

Response Rates:   Approximately 75 percent of IDA institutions are included in CCS. For additional information on response rates, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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