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 were implemented starting 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. Revised data sharing agreements were sent to college presidents/chief executives on July 25, 2016 to enable new data reporting.
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.
Sending data in a comma-delimited formatted file is preferred. However, a spreadsheet template is provided as an alternative. The templates outline how to provide data via Microsoft Excel. There are separate templates for enrollment and awards conferred data.
The spreadsheet templates contain these worksheets:
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.