External Data and Reports

The links to External Benchmarking Data and other resources below add an additional layer of data related to Graduate Center students, faculty, and staff.  Included with each link is a brief explanation of the data and the organization that compiles it, how it may be useful, and links to navigate through the data.
Note:  Many of these resources provide peer comparison data collected at varying degrees of detail.  Other links will direct users to external associations.  Should you have any questions or need further insight regarding external data resources, please contact the Institutional Research Office at the Graduate Center directly.

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is the nation's leading provider of statistical data on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. As a principal federal statistical agency, NCSES serves as a clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective science and engineering data. These data allow for detailed institutional comparisons on many useful variables, including demographics, R&D funding and activity, fields of study, among others.

The CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees is the comprehensive source of information on master’s/other and doctoral program applications, enrollment, and degrees in the United States. These data provide a robust picture of the current state of graduate education in the US and is particularly useful as benchmark data.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is an annual census of individuals who receive research doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. academic institutions. The SED provides information on the characteristics of the doctoral population and trends in doctoral education and degrees, including demographic characteristics, educational history, sources of financial support, and postgraduation plans of doctorate recipients.

Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) are experimental tabulations developed by researchers at the U.S. Census Bureau. PSEO explorer contains earnings outcomes and employment flows for recent graduates of partner colleges and universities. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs. This information is useful to students for understanding potential comparative graduate outcomes for earnings and location.

The Carnegie Classifications is the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The Classifications include any institution that conferred at least one degree as reported through the National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS. The classifications allow for exploring peer institutions by a variety of factors, such as public/private, level of research activity, and region.

The Condition of Education contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available.

The College Navigator sorts information into a user-friendly format that allows the exploration of college information related to tuition, net price, retention and graduation rates, programs/majors, accreditation, and more. The data behind the user interface consists primarily of the latest collection from IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System).

COACHE, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focuses on improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention. COACHE developed and administers the Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey and has published a series of Benchmark Best Practices and Special Reports. In order to access the CUNY COACHE System Report for 2019, login to Blackboard using your CUNYfirst login credentials. Once in Blackboard, click on “COACHE Survey” in the blue banner at the top of the screen.

Chronicle Data provides faculty, staff, and adjunct salary trend data at thousands of colleges in the US. This tool allows for exploratory comparative salary analyses by institution, state, sector, or Carnegie classification and features analysis of faculty or staff rank by year and gender.

As the association for HR professionals in higher education, CUPA-HR focuses on higher education workplace issues in the U.S. and internationally. They monitor trends and explore emerging workforce issues, including salary, turnover, diversity, and representation. CUPA-HR administers several large nationwide surveys to member organizations, including those focused on administrators, faculty, professionals, staff, and benefits. While their website does not provide individual institutional information, it does offer informative employee benchmarking data as well as briefs and posts based on findings from their surveys.