ERIC Number: ED453896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Classification System for 2-Year Postsecondary Institutions. Methodology Report. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Phipps, Ronald A.; Shedd, Jessica M.; Merisotis, Jamie P.
This methodology report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) outlines the need and rationale for a two-year postsecondary classification system and the methodology used to produce this classification system. The system was created based on information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database that NCES created and maintains. K-means cluster analysis, in addition to several other statistical methods, was used in the process of creating the classification system. A total of seven categories for two-year institutions were created as a result of the analysis across three broad categories. Public institutions (N=1,029) were divides up into three categories: Community Development and Career Institutions, Community Connector Institutions, and Community Mega-Connector Institutions. Private-Not-For-Profit Institutions (N=309) were divided up into two categories, Allied Health Institutions and Connector Institutions. Private For-Profit Institutions (N=730) were divided into the categories of Career Connector and Certificate Institutions. Detailed definitions of each category are also provided. (LD)
Descriptors: Classification, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Characteristics, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.