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Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Earned Degrees, 1986-1987 (ICPSR 4215)

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This data collection contains information on degrees earned at a sample of postsecondary institutions in the United States. Data were collected on the number of completions of academic, vocational, and continuing professional educational programs by award category. There are three files in the collection. Part 1, Response Status Information, contains response status information on the completions survey for all 6,544 active institutions in the final universe. Part 2, Postsecondary Completions: Awards/Degrees Conferred, contains the number of degrees and other awards granted by the institution in each field of study (six-digit CIP code), by level of award/degree, and sex of recipient. Part 3, Postsecondary Completions by Major Discipline (Two-Digit CIP Codes), contains the number of degrees and other awards conferred by major discipline (two-digit CIP code), award level, race/ethnicity, and sex of recipient.

Series: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Series

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DS1:  Response Status Information - Download All Files (8.4 MB)
DS2:  Postsecondary Completions: Awards/Degrees Conferred - Download All Files (13.1 MB)
DS3:  Postsecondary Completions by Major Discipline (Two-Digit CIP Codes) - Download All Files (16.1 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Earned Degrees, 1986-1987 . ICPSR04215-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-05-23. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04215.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   academic degrees, associate degrees, bachelors degrees, colleges, community colleges, doctoral degrees, earned degrees, ethnicity, higher education, masters degrees, postsecondary education, universities

Geographic Coverage:   American Samoa, Global, Guam, Marshall Islands, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States

Time Period:  

  • 1986-07-01--1987-06-30

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987-10-01--1988-09-09

Universe:   All postsecondary institutions in operation during 1986-1987 in the United States and its territories.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   A national sample of 6,544 institutions was selected.

Mode of Data Collection:   self-enumerated questionnaires

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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