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Undergraduate Diploma Dashboard Detailed Methods

Data Sources

  1. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completion Data 2006-07 through 2015-16.
  2. NCAA: Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) data 2006-07 through 2015-16.
  3. NCAA: Division II Academic Performance Census (APC) data 2010-11 through 2015-16.

Sample Selection

IPEDS completion data and NCAA data were combined based on institution UNITID—a number that is consistent across sources. Separate datasets were built for Division I and Division II. The two datasets included the following information for each member institution:

  1. IPEDS completion data: Bachelor’s degrees awarded to the student body during each academic year by gender, race/ethnicity and CIP code.
  2. APP data (Division I) or APC data (Division II): Bachelor’s degrees awarded to NCAA student-athletes during each academic year by gender, race/ethnicity and CIP code.

Variable Definition


Based on NCES Classification of Instruction Program (CIP) codes using overall categories:

Degree fields collapsed into 11 broad categories (below) guided by the College Board’s major subfields:

Degree Categories: Majors included
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural and Gender Studies: Area, ethnic, culture, gender and group studies
  • Business: Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Communication: Communication/journalism; Communications technologies; International and social skills
  • Education: Education
  • Health Professions and Related: Health professions and related programs; Health-related knowledge and skills
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies & Humanities: English language and literature/letters; Foreign languages, literatures and linguistics; Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; Philosophy and religious studies; Theology and religious vocations; Visual and performing arts
  • Multidisciplinary Studies: Family/consumer/human sciences; Multi/interdisciplinary studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness: Kinesiology and exercise science; Leisure and recreational activities; Parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies
  • Psychology: Psychology
  • STEM: Agriculture; Architecture; Biological and biomedical sciences; Computer/Information sciences; Construction trades; Engineering; Engineering technologies; Mathematics and statistics; Military technologies and applied sciences; Natural resources/conservation; Physical sciences and science technologies; Precision production
  • Social Science: History; Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting/protective services; Legal professions and studies; Library science; Public administration and social service professions; Social sciences (e.g. economics, government, sociology, etc.)


  • IPEDS completion data and APP/APC data capture the following races: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White, Two or more races, Unknown, and Non-resident Alien.   
  • In the tabs comparing degrees awarded between student-athletes and the general student body, race can be disaggregated into four racial categories: Black, Hispanic, Other and White. The “Other” category includes American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Two or more races, Unknown, and Non-resident Alien.
  • In the sport-specific tabs, race can be disaggregated into three categories: Black, Other and White. In these tabs Hispanic or Latino is included in “Other” due to the size of the sample.  Please note that the bottom row on each of these tabs includes the total number of student-athletes by racial category in each sport. Data specific to sports with low Ns by race (e.g. Black males in baseball) should be used with caution.

Recommendations for use of This Database

We recommend data be examined separately by race and gender when possible due to the differences in the race and gender proportions in the student-athlete population and student body.