The Common Data Set is a collaborative effort between publishers and the educational community to improve the consistency and accuracy of information about institutions of higher education. Items and definitions conform with those most commonly used and understood by institutions and agencies (including the U. S. Department of Education) that collect and report such information.
The Fact Book houses important university data, including data that reveals trends about the university. It is designed to answer common questions about various aspects of the university. The primary purpose of the Fact Book, however is to provide data that support planning and evaluation efforts at the university.