Definitions of Common Terms

Data Dictionary: This document is a collection of terms and variable definitions commonly used in the universities reports. The definitions were compiled from various sources including IPEDS, Common Data Set and Temple’s reporting standards.

IPEDS Data Glossary

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a part of the Institute for Education Sciences within the United States Department of Education. IPEDS consists of twelve interrelated survey components that are collected over three collection periods (Fall, Winter, and Spring) each year as described in the Data Collection and Dissemination Cycle. The completion of all IPEDS surveys is mandatory for all institutions that participate in, or are applicants for participation in, any federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended

The IPEDS Glossary provides definitions for postsecondary-related terms used in the collection and dissemination of IPEDS data.

Help and Training Materials in the TUPortal

Help and training materials for Banner and other key university applications can be found in the Knowledge Base within the TUPortal

Data Standards

The Data Standards Guide is currently being revised. For general reference, the following link provides the current Data Standards Document.  Requests for Data Standard changes can be made using the Data Standards Request service form in TUHelp