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Questions related to the US goverment 'College Scorecard', a tool to compare cost and value of higher education institutions.

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What is the MERGED dataset in College Scorecard? Also, NULL data in DEBT_MDN

I'm stepping in for someone who has worked with this data previously, so be gentle. I don't understand all the different files in the CollegeScorecard_Raw_data set downloaded. Specifically, the MERGED ...
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403 Issue when accessing College Scorecard API

I signed up for an API_KEY and received an email with the key. When attempting to access the api. I receive a 403 error. this is what I see on the screen: API_KEY_INVALID An invalid api_key was ...
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Different results from API based on range input, but database includes the data

When I am searching this API range 500-999, I get good results. If I search 999 - 1010, I get good results. If I search 1000-1100, I get 502 Bad Gateway nginx. Similar results with average SAT scores.....
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Exactly what relationship is the AddMatch flag in the Score Card - IPEDS Crosswalk highlighting?

What is the AddMatch flag in the Score Card crosswalk telling us? For example, in 2000 and 2001 Arizona State University (IPEDS unitid 104151, opeid 00105500) has Arizona State University - East ...
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Admissions Data Source, Updating Timelines

I am writing from an Institutional Research Office at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. When will the Admissions data for institutions featured on the College Score Card will be updated? I ...
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Variables "dolprovider" and "admcon7"

Hello CollegeScorecard folks, I'm doing some work on updating my college scorecard data file. I'm seeing a couple variables in the documentation (dolprovider and admcon7). But, I'm not finding the ...
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How do I access the field of study level data for the college scorecard?

What is the correct endpoint? From my understanding, the schools endpoint is for institution level data, but I'm tasked with using field of study level data.
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How to sort in an API call for College ScoreCard

I'm trying to sort an API query by size of students, but I can't figure out how to get the API to accept the &sort parameter. Can someone provide me an example? I'm referring to the documentation ...
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How can I get completion rate data from all colleges and cohorts in a longitudinal format from college scorecard? (with R)

What I want: To obtain a R dataframe with completion-rate data from all colleges in the US (or all the colleges that have available data in college scorecard datalake). What I expect: A data frame in ...
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How can I align the College Scorecard population totals to those that are derived from IPEDS?

According to the scorecard dictionary, the undergraduate totals are defined as "the number of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates enrolled in the fall, as reported in the IPEDS Fall ...
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How to find undergraduate earnings data

Having difficulty accessing this data file - EARN_MDN_HI_2YR. have tried the search bar, but have not been successful.
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Why are the 6 year completion rates at 4-year institutions at times higher than the 8 year completion rates?

I have been taking a closer look at HBCU 4 year institutions and am looking at their 6 and 8 year completion rates (C200_4 & C150_4). I have noticed that several of the 8 year completion rates are ...
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Looking up older unitids

We'd like to resolve older unitid -> opeid without referencing the crosswalk datafiles directly. However, lookups frequently fail. The first unit id (and many others) present in the 1996-1997 ...
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Seeking Variables Codebook for Merged 2018-2019 PP College Score Card Data

Can anyone direct me to where I can access the Variables Codebook for the Merged 2018-2019 PP College Score Card Data? It would be most helpful to connect with this resource by 11/18/2020.
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College Scorecard: Why are values of the variables in the series " Percent completed within X years at original institution" not strictly ascending?

I've been looking at the values of COMP_ORIG_YRX_RT for a subset of schools (4 year schools in MI). I was examining the values of COMP_ORIG_YR8_RT, since that seems to match up with what's used for ...
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Why Does College Scorecard institution-level earning data stop are 2014-15 data file?

From examining the College Scorecard data, it appears that median and mean earnings data stop being reported after the 2014-15 data and the values are null for the 2015-16 through 2018-19 data files. ...
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Is there a more detailed definition of variables under the PCT_RACE category, such as PCT_WHITE or PCT_HISPANIC?

The College Scorecard Data Dictionary simply describes the variables as the percent of the population from the students' zip codes that are of that race, of the students in the earnings cohort. Is ...
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Why is LO_INC_WDRAW_ORIG_YR2_RT greater than LO_INC_WDRAW_ORIG_YR4_RT?

The way I understand it, LO_INC_WDRAW_ORIG_YR2_RT is the number of low-income students that withdrew from the college within 2 years. There is also a variable for 3 years, 4, 6, and 8 years. I am ...
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How reliable is the data from College Scorecard?

I'm looking to use the College Scorecard API for an app. However, I had a few questions about it. How do they collect the data? How often do they refresh it? How is it secured? How reliable is it? / ...
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Variables from NSLDS/Treasury that have been answered for all years, except the most recent two years?

Does this mean they are no longer being provided, or that they are not ready to be included yet? Example: (HI_INC_COMP_ORIG_YR8_RT)
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Syntax error when the developer friendly name starts with a number

I’m having an issue with this line – obj.results[0][2017].admissions.sat_scores.25th_percentile.math It’s giving me a syntax error. I’m using Javascript and it seems to be having a problem with the ...
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How do I access the admissions data from College Scorecard?

I think my api formatting is off, but I keep getting errors from: https://api.data.gov/ed/collegescorecard/v1/schools?fields=admissions.sat_scores&api_key=redacted the error is {"errors":[{"...
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How can I return all School Names?

Per_page max 100, I want all pages, and not have to request page by page. Can I get all pages, provide string of pages? Seems like basics request.
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Are multiple years of FAFSA data combined to determine demographic characteristics for cohorts?

If I'm understanding things correctly, many of the institutional demographic characteristics are based on most recent award-year FAFSA data. What is the source of demographic data for students within ...
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What API Data is being used on these pages?

Can anyone tell me what API data is being used on the following sections of the College listing page? I've attached screenshots.
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Why is so many "PrivacySuppressed" entries?

After downloading "Most Recent Data by Field of Study" data, almost all the entries are "privacySuppressed". Does this mean that there's actual meaningful data to suppress or is it a cop out to not ...
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IPEDS IDs on "Preliminary Loan Debt Data By Field of Study"?

Frustratingly, the Program Debt Data found here does not include a column for IPEDS ID and the NAME column is not a 1:1 match with INSTNM from the other scorecard data. Does anyone have a version that ...
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College Scorecard: determining how representative data is of the overall undergraduate body

The Question The College Scorecard Documentation Report repeatedly mentions that some data only represents undergraduates that are recipients of Title IV federal aid: Most of the metrics of ...
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Verifying data accuracy on earnings by family income

In the May 2019 collegescorecard data there are slightly over 150 institutions that report mean earnings 10 years after attending for the highest family income of $75,001+ (MN_EARN_WNE_INC3_P10) as ...
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Transfer from one 4-year college to another 4-year college

I am trying to understand how students who transfer from one four-year college to another are counted in earnings data--I understand they are counted by their original institution, but do they also ...
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Are 6-digit CIP codes available with associated Schools for College Score Card

I'm looking for a specific dataset. In the Data Catalog there is a large set of data through the College Scorecard, this data includes a listing of 2-digit CIP codes and the number of offerings by ...
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ope8_id verse id in API request

I have a standing API query that has been using ope8_id for data requests, but recently it has stopped returning data; I was wondering if ope8_ids can no longer be used in requests or if the call has ...
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How was the variable "T4APPROVALDATE" generated in College Scorecard Data?

My question is about the variable "T4APPROVALDATE" in the most recent cohort data. It indicates the date that the institution was first approved to participate in Title IV aid programs. According to ...
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Meaning & Availability of HSI indicator

Hello [collegescorecard] folk. I'm writing to see if I can get a closer - deeper look at the hsi indicator variable. Two questions: 1) I'm seeing that it is available for 2005, only? I might be ...
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Service returned HTTP Response Code (College ScoreCard)

I am using the url below to query in a Java Program: https://api.data.gov/ed/collegescorecard/v1/schools.json?school.degrees_awarded.predominant=2,3&_fields=id,school.name=boston%20college,2017....
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Share of students in/out of state

I'm looking for data on what share of students are in- or out-of-state, for each college/class. I'm guessing colleges do report this as it is covered in other reports from the NCES (for example, the ...
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Size of incoming freshmen class

I'm looking for the size of the freshmen class of each college/year. I thought at first that I could use the D100_4 field, but then realized that this actually represents the size of the freshmen ...
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Mean earnings from the college scorecard dataset

In the College Scorecard data set there are three variables that define a working_not_enrolled earnings: [1] earnings.6_yrs_after_entry.mean_earnings.dependent_students (Mean earnings of dependent ...
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How can I increase the number of results returned?

The following request: https://api.data.gov/ed/collegescorecard/v1/schools?fields=school.name,school.city,school.state,school.zip,school.carnegie_size_setting Returns just 20, how can I get all ...
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Dict not able to return data from college scorecard API

So I've been working on a page which displays a school's name, url, city, state, zip, and student size via College Scorecard API but I'm getting tons of errors instead. However, the program is able to ...
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Open Source Information about Colleges and Universities

I am working on a project building a database of college and university information. I am looking for open-source information that has stats on schools but also general descriptions about the schools. ...
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Not able to return data other than category "school"

For example this url returns an error: https://api.data.gov/ed/collegescorecard/v1/schools?api_key=&fields=student.enrollment.all,school.name&school.state=AL error: {"errors":[{"error":"...
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Who is reporting salary after attending?

Where do the salary after attending numbers come from if the school isn't reporting them? Who is surveying graduates 10 years out?
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Books and Supplies

"Books and Supplies" is a component of the Estimated Cost of Attendance. I would like to get only the "Books and Supplies" data for a given institution from the "College Scorecard" data.
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'Number of Faculty Members' not Available in the College Scorecard Dataset

The College Scorecard has data on the 'Average faculty salary' and 'Proportion of faculty that is full-time', but it does not report any data on total number of faculty. Does anyone have any ...
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Dataset about attainment of college degree based on parent's education level?

I am looking for a data about the attainment of college degree (response variable) based on the parent's education and other demographics. This kind of data is e.g. referenced in Categorical Data ...
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What is meant by aided students in College Scorecard?

For example: Aided students with family incomes between $48,001-$75,000 in nominal dollars student share_middleincome.48001_75000 float INC_PCT_M2 Is this (a) receiving federal aid? (b) receiving ...
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Missing College Scorecard data for Navy, Army, Air Force

I'm using the College Scorecard api to pull data for various schools. It seems that data for Army, Navy, and the U.S Air Force is not available. I tried querying the API using REGIONS = 0 (U.S. ...
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When I click on Data Dictionary, it brings up a blank Excel spreadsheet

When I click on Data Dictionary in the College Scorecard, it brings up a blank Excel spreadsheet. Where can I find the Data Dictionary information?
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Scorecard medians and information about methodology

I’m trying to compare my institution to the national averages as reported publicly. I can’t seem to replicate the National Median for average annual cost. When comparing institution type using the ...