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I'm looking at the College Scorecard raw data zip downloaded from https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/ ("All Data") and the included data_dictionary.yaml that defines the data fields and their source in the included .csv files.

My issue, if I understand correctly, is due to the included data_dictionary.yaml missing entries for:

  • academic.program_available.assoc
  • academic.program_available.bachelors
  • academic.program_available.assoc_or_bachelors

These are the fields that allow the search to query on schools that offer different degree types, either 2-year, 4-year, or both. Without these entries in the yaml, I don't know what they should link up to in the source csv columns and I'm not sure how the college scorecard site is able to query on these variables if they are not defined in the yaml (or in the csv?).

Perhaps the download doesn't contain the most recent dictionary_data.yaml file that the https://collegescorecard.ed.gov site is using? The file version is: Aug27-2015-09-04-15:41-0700-allyears

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The latest data dictionary is available in JSON format here:

https://api.data.gov/ed/collegescorecard/v1/data.json?api_key=YOURKEYHERE

  • Many of these variables can potentially change value by academic year. It's likely that these program_available variables need to be preceded by the year. E.g., 2014.academic.program_available.assoc. I am basing my comment on looking through the data and data dictionary for the recently updated Scorecard database (mid-Sept 2016). – ultrageek Oct 2 '16 at 1:44

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