Analytical Reports

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Annual reports

Each year, IR&DS produces ongoing reports that are distributed to University executives, such as Deans, Administrative Deans, and the Provost, for their use in managing their organizations. These reports are an important part of Institutional Research at Stanford and will continue to be refined each year based on suggestions from users and availability of new data.

Currently, these reports are:

Other available data

This document contains research definitions as used at Stanford and is intended as a reference for anyone who uses research terminology.


IR&DS coordinates Stanford’s response to the Department of Education’s yearly statistical surveys, IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). This data includes faculty, staff, and student counts plus financial aid, graduation rates, degrees granted, and financial statement information. IPEDS has a Peer Analysis System, which is a good source for general comparative data, as all educational institutions are required to submit data to IPEDS, and the data is available via the PAS. Contact IR&DS if you wish to make use of IPEDS data.

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers. Stanford's CDS data is compiled annually by University Communications, with support from IR&DS and other offices.

NRC Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs

From Fall 2006 to Spring 2007, the University participated in the data gathering phase of the NRC’s Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs. Details on Stanford's participation in this analysis are compiled here.