Institutional Research and Academic Planning
UC campus profiles
Common Data Set (CDS)
Originally developed as a collaboration among the College Board, Peterson's, U.S. News & World Report, and the higher education community, the Common Data Set (commonly referred to as CDS) is a set of common data items often requested by publishers of college guidebooks, with standard definitions of terms and a specific set of counting rules. This standard format makes the CDS useful for comparisons across institutions. UC campuses publish a new version of the CDS each year.
College Portraits present, in an easy to read format, a variety of information on campus enrollments, degree offerings, cost of attendance, retention and graduation rates, undergraduate admissions, student housing, campus health and safety, student experiences and perceptions, and learning outcomes. Many of the UC campuses use a format for their College Portrait that follows the model developed as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability, which facilitates comparisons with other institutions. Campuses update their College Portraits annually.