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Campus Student Enrollment Reporting Resources

Specifications for reporting student enrollment and awards conferred data to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education


The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has been collecting data on students enrolled in Minnesota's public and private institutions since 1983. Specifications for reporting data to the Office of Higher Education for two student databases, Student Enrollment Record Database (SERDB), and Awards Conferred are contained below.

New data reporting requirements are being implemented for the 2016-2017 academic year. The report Strengthening Postsecondary Education Data to Meet a Changing Minnesota: 2016 Proposal for Changes to Office of Higher Education Student-Level Data Collections summarizes the rationale for changes. The last revision in student data collected from Minnesota's postsecondary institutions, since implementation in 1983, was in 1994.

New student enrollment and awards conferred data reporting requirements are going into effect starting the 2016-2017 academic year.

Data sharing agreements were sent to college presidents/chief executives on July 25 to enable data reporting.

Previous meetings held to discuss data collection changes:

Student Databases Manual

The Student Databases Manual contains detailed data reporting specifications as well as information on why data are collected, how data are used and how student's data privacy are maintained.

Spreadsheet Template

The data template outlines how to provide data via Microsoft Excel. Sending data in a comma-delimited format is preferred. Download Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template.

The spreadsheet template contains five tabs:

  • a sample of an enrollment record
  • enrollment data fields and quick guide to codes
  • a sample of an awards conferred record
  • awards conferred data fields and quick guide to codes
  • upload instructions and when to send data

Search for CIP

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes are the national taxonomic standard on academic program titles. Search the 2010 CIP Codes on the Web or in print. CIP codes are needed to report student's fields of program or study for the enrollment and awards conferred database.

CIP was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1980, with revisions occurring in 1985, 1990, 2000 and 2010.

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