Statistics Sources

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning
"The Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (OIRAP) gathers, analyzes, and uses data to inform institutional planning, policy development and decision-making." The OIRAP website provides data about institutional characteristics, including the Rutgers "Fact Book" and "Dashboard Indicators," and a variety of reports and surveys about Rutgers.


Academic Library Statistics (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Data is given for universities awarding associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Data categories are for collections expenditures, staffing, degrees, faculty, enrollment, etc. An interesting data category is for digitization activities.

Annual Surveys (Association of Research Libraries)
"ARL Statistics is a series of annual publications that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries." Data is given by institution and in the aggregate. An online interactive edition that allows comparisons among institutions or over a period of years is available.

ARL Statistics (Association of Research Libraries)
"ARL Statistics is a series of annual surveys that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries." Select the Analytics tab and drill down to Data to run reports on investment index data by individual institution or by variable from 2003 forward. Contact Jeanne Boyle ( for access to additional data.

Compare Academic Libraries (National Center for Education Statistics)
"Use this site to create reports comparing one library of interest to other libraries." Each Rutgers campus is listed separately.

IPEDS Data Center (National Center for Education Statistics)
Compare institutions by a number of variables from the Academic Libraries module of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data system (IPEDS) survey that must be responded to each year by universities and colleges across the nation. Each Rutgers campus is listed separately.

Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, sustainable, Practical Assessment (Association of Research Libraries, University of Washington Libraries)
This website presents past proceedings from national library assessment conferences, which have been held biennially since 2006.

Higher Education


Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment (NC State University)

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment (NC State University)
"We are an open learning space that curates content for faculty and assessment professionals through housed resources and tools for student learning outcomes, teaching and learning, program review and accreditation." Resources listed and linked include associations, techniques, information sources, blogs and other communication venues, etc. and individual institutions' assessment-related pages, including Rutgers.

Selected Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy)
"Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy league table. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance. About 1300 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 universities are published. Starting from 2017, those universities ranked between 501 and 800 in the world are also published."

Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE)
AAUDE "is a public service organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education. Our membership is comprised of AAU institutions that support this purpose and participate in the exchange of data/information to support decision-making at their institution." The website offers links to national and institutional data resources and publications.

Benchmarking (Council of Graduate Schools)
"CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals." The Graduate Enrollment and Degrees report has been issued annually since 1986. Also available are results from an international graduate admissions survey and best practices data.

Condition of Education (National Center for Education Statistics)
"This website contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through postsecondary, 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. In addition, this website has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that is provided to Congress each year."

Education (U.S. News & world Report)
U.S. News & World Report carries out regular surveys and develops rankings for best colleges, best graduate schools, best online programs, best high schools, best global universities, and best Arab region universities. The Best Colleges website, for example, is designed to help college-bound students choose the right college. An overview and general information for each institution is followed by data that includes information on alumni starting salaries, cost and financial aid, rankings, applying, academics, student life and services, safety, and such ranking indicators as graduation and retention rates, class size, and selectivity of students admitted.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (National Center for Education Statistics)"
"The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES, is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system designed to encompass all institutions and educational organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollments, program completions, faculty, staff, finances, and academic libraries."

NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
The National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis provides "state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions." The website presents comparative data for states and counties in the areas of educational attainment, college access, college affordability, persistence and completion, efficiency and effectiveness, higher education finance, workforce conditions, and economic conditions. It is possible to generate custom reports and maps. There is a comprehensive list of data sources.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2025 (National Center for Education Statistics)
"This publication provides projections for key education statistics. It includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment and earned degrees conferred expenditures of degree-granting institutions."

The QS World University Rankings (Times Higher Education Supplement)
The QS World University Rankings are compiled based on six indicators: academic peer review, employer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty, and international students.

Top American Research Universities: Annual Reports (The Center for Measuring University Performance)
The top 25, 50, and 200 research universities are identified and ranked by nine performance measures. Additional tables rank public and private research universities separately. Data for additional measures are compiled for institutions with substantial federal research expenditures. All data used is from public sources. In the 2016 report, Rutgers has two of the nine measures ranked in the top 25 nationally and three measures in the top 50 nationally.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC))
"The Ranking Web or Webometrics is the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Since 2004 and every six months an independent, objective, free, open scientific exercise is performed by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) for the providing reliable, multidimensional, updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact." Rutgers ranked 38 in the July 2017 edition.

World University Rankings (Times Higher Education Supplement)
"The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more. THE's data are trusted by governments and universities and are a vital resource for students, helping them choose where to study." Rankings are provided for US colleges and world, Latin American, world reputation, young, Japanese, Asian, and BRICS & emerging economies universities. Information provided in the US colleges ranking includes rank, tuition and fees, room and board, and salary after 10 years.

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