National Data Resources

This page is devoted to references and resources concerning institutional data, planning, and budgeting as performed and provided by the University of Montana.  


 Links to a variety of national data resources are below.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is an interrelated set of surveys conducted annually by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). All colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid are required to participate in IPEDS surveys. Data are collected on enrollments, completions, graduation rates, finances, faculty and staff, and financial aid and are available to the public via the College Navigator website.


The Montana Office of the Commissioner for Higher Education (OCHE) is the central administrative unit for the statewide Montana University System, responsible for providing advocacy for the system to the Board of Regents and the state executive and legislative branches.


The health and vitality of any public flagship institution is closely tied to that of its home state. Data about Montana's overall people, places, and economy can be found via the United States Census Bureau. The Census Bureau conducts periodic surveys to collect data on state and local government, businesses, and populations.


Much of the reporting performed by the Data Office relies on instructional classifications referred to as CIP (Classification of Instructional Program) codes. CIP codes are a taxonomic scheme that allows for consistent, accurate reporting of fields of study. The Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) revises the CIP code list periodically, with the latest revision occuring in 2020. CIP codes can be searched here.