U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Releases Statement on Recent Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Collection

The latest information from the National Center for Education Statistics has been released today through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). IPEDS collects annual data from colleges, universities, and technical and vocational institutions in the United States that are eligible for participation in federal student financial aid programs under Title IV.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued a statement on the findings:

“We are pleased to receive this new data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which, for the first time, provides information on the use of legacy in college admissions by institutions across the country. It is crucial for colleges and universities to have access to data on legacy applicants as they reassess their admissions practices and strive to create diverse student bodies, especially following the Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling on affirmative action earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Education has published a comprehensive report on effective and lawful strategies to promote equal opportunity and diversity on college campuses, and we will continue to support efforts to advance equity in higher education. The data also reveals that, unfortunately, too many students still do not make it to graduation, highlighting the need for institutions to do more to enhance student success and promote equitable outcomes. In order for the United States to thrive and compete in the 21st century, our higher education system must provide students from all backgrounds with opportunities to fulfill their potential, develop their skills, and contribute to our nation.”

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