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									IPEDS PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM

           (pas)


      USER MANUAL




      Updated March 2004
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                                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

UPDATES TO THE PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM (PAS) .................................................................................4
OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................................5
GENERAL NOTES ON USING THE PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM ................................................................7
LOGIN .....................................................................................................................................................................7
IDENTIFY LINCHPIN INSTITUTION ..............................................................................................................8
MASTER VARIABLES LIST ................................................................................................................................8
  Maintaining Your Master Variables List .......................................................................................9
  Save Master Variables List ...................................................................................................................9
  Get Master Variables List .................................................................................................................... 10
DEFINE COMPARISON GROUP ..................................................................................................................... 10
  Add an Institution by Name .............................................................................................................. 10
  Add Institutions based on Variables ............................................................................................ 11
  Automatic Peer Group .......................................................................................................................... 11
  Save List of Institutions ...................................................................................................................... 15
  Get List of Institutions ......................................................................................................................... 15
DEFINE CALCULATED VARIABLES .............................................................................................................. 15
  Summation Variables ............................................................................................................................ 16
  Difference Variables .............................................................................................................................. 17
  Ratio Variables .......................................................................................................................................... 18
  Save Calculated Variables .................................................................................................................. 19
GENERATE REPORTS AND STATS ............................................................................................................... 19
  Ranking Report ......................................................................................................................................... 19
  Institutions Data Report ..................................................................................................................... 20
  Statistical Summary Report .............................................................................................................. 22
  Report Templates .................................................................................................................................... 23
  Forms Facsimile ....................................................................................................................................... 24




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                              IPEDS PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM

UPDATES TO THE PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM (PAS)

The following enhancements have been added to the Peer Analysis System:

March 29, 2004 release:

New Navigation. The IPEDS data files have been expanded to include totals that
previously had to be generated by the user as calculated variables. Some of the new fields
that are now available include grand totals, race totals, 4-digit CIP totals, and various useful
sub-category totals. As a result of this restructuring, the way in which qualifying variables
are selected has changed within the PAS to an easy-to-use pop-up box format with a
hierarchical item structure.

Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT). The IPEDS Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT) replaces the "Dump A
Data File" feature in the Peer Analysis System (PAS), as well as the IPEDS Electronic
Codebook. Designed as an alternative for power users, the DCT does not offer all of the
"bells and whistles" of the PAS. Instead, it allows users to easily create a customized IPEDS
dataset to meet their unique data needs. Two options are provided with the DCT. Users may
either (1) create a customized IPEDS dataset by picking the surveys, sections, and variables
they are interested in; or (2) they may download IPEDS data files in CSV format. Both
options provide a data dictionary as well as read programs to import the data into the SAS,
SPSS, or STATA statistical software packages.

Forms Facsimile. This option allows you to print survey data for your LinchPin and
comparison group institutions in a format similar to the IPEDS printed forms. (You do not
need a comparison group in order to use this feature if you wish to see the report generated
for your LinchPin institution only.) A printable version is available that paginates the report
for printing. A file export option is also available.

June 11, 2003 release:

Master Variables List. Your Master Variables List is a list of all variables you choose to use
during a peer tool session. This list of variables is available for you to use when selecting a
comparison group, defining calculated variables, or running reports. All variables selected
for any of these activities are added to this master list; this makes it easier to select the
same variables for multiple activities. Any calculated variables you have defined and any
IPEDS survey variables you have chosen will appear on this list. The Master Variables List is
always available through the Main Menu on the banner menu, and is also accessed when
you select a comparison group, define calculated variables, or run reports.

Recursive calculated variables. It is now possible to use a calculated variable in the
definition of another calculated variable. For example, you can create a calculated variable
adding together total fall enrollment, total men plus total women, and then use this variable
as the numerator in a ratio calculated variable. All calculated variables are added to the
Master Variables List.

Report Templates. The Report Templates option allows you to generate packaged reports
for your LinchPin and comparison group institutions. (You do not need a comparison group
in order to use this feature if you wish to see the report generated for your LinchPin



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institution only.) All reports generated with this option can be viewed on the screen and
downloaded to your computer. There are currently two Enrollment reports available, and
additional report templates will be added as they are developed.

November 29, 2000 release:

2-digit Completions CIP data. All 6-digit CIP data within 2-digit categories (excluding
first-professional data) were added together so that data for a complete discipline (eg.,
Engineering or Education) can be accessed easily by the system user.

Multiple selection of qualifying variables. You can now make multiple selections of
qualifying variables (eg., CIP code for Completions data, type of student counted (line
number) for Fall Enrollment data) from the droplists on the variable selection screens. This
means you can choose all the variables you need from a particular file section in one step.

Automatic peer group. Instead of constructing your own peer group by name and/or by
variable, you can now click a button and the system will choose a peer group for you. This
group is based on such things as Carnegie classification, sector of institution, highest degree
offering, first-professional program offerings, Title IV status, state code, and region code.

Multiple selection of institutions by name and Unitid. If the system finds more than
one match to the name you've entered in the Add Institution by Name routine, you can now
make multiple selections from those results. In the same routine, you can also now enter
multiple UnitIDs separated by commas; this will enable you to construct your comparison
group in one step.

OVERVIEW

The IPEDS Peer Analysis System (PAS) is the primary method by which IPEDS data are
released. The PAS has been expanded to include not only a peer analysis capability, but also
the new IPEDS Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT), designed to allow users to quickly create
customized IPEDS datasets or to download entire data files.

To use either tool, users must login to the PAS. Three logins are available: guest level,
institution level, and collection level. The guest level allows access to adjudicated (final)
data. The institution level allows access to adjudicated and early release (edited/complete)
data. The collection level allows access to adjudicated, early release, and locked in-
collection data, and is available only to institutions that submitted data electronically using
our data entry facilities.

After logging in, users choose to use the PAS or the DCT.

The Peer Analysis System was designed to enable a user to easily compare a LinchPin
institution of the user’s choosing to a group of peer institutions. This is done by generating
reports using selected IPEDS variables of interest.

In order to produce most reports, it is necessary to identify a LinchPin institution, and to
identify a peer group, or comparison group, of institutions. Then, if variables calculated from
IPEDS variables are desired, the third step is to define these calculated variables. The last
step is to produce the report or reports needed for your analysis (ranking report, institutions
data report, statistical summary report, or report templates).



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All variables chosen from IPEDS files during a peer analysis session, and all calculated
variables defined, are added to a Master Variables List. This list makes it easy to reuse
variables for different operations (choosing a comparison group, for instance, and including
on an institutions data report) without having to navigate through all the survey and section
screens multiple times. This list may be saved to a user's hard drive and retrieved during a
subsequent session. We suggest that you do not rename the downloaded files, as the
system may not recognize the new file name.

Comparison groups can be defined by means of one or more of the following methods:
using the built-in automatic peer group function, selecting by name, or selecting by
variables through shared characteristics. Variable values can be selected from drop-down
lists or checkbox lists for alpha and categorical variables. From most drop-down lists,
multiple selections may be made using click and shift-click mouse commands. For
continuous variables, the relations and ranges are defined with operators (e.g., >=2500
means greater than or equal to 2,500; 150..500 means within the range of 150 to 500,
inclusive). Multiple criteria can be specified for the same variable by using commas as
separators (e.g., 15..25, >50 will return all institutions with values from 15 to 25 and all
institutions with values greater than 50).

Once you have selected a comparison group, you may save the composition of that group to
your hard drive for future use. We suggest that you do not rename the downloaded files, as
the system may not recognize the new file name.

In addition to having available all the data variables that IPEDS collects, the Peer Analysis
System allows users to calculate variables from IPEDS variables, for use in analytic reports.
Three types of calculated variables are available: sums, differences, and ratios. The system
now allows the definition of recursive functions (calculations based on calculated variables).
The definitions of your calculated variables are included on your Master Variables List, and
are saved when that list is saved.

Four types of reports are available: ranking report, institutions data report, statistical
summary report, and report templates. The ranking report ranks the LinchPin institution and
comparison group institutions on the basis of one selected variable. The institutions data
report presents the data values for multiple variables for the LinchPin institution and
comparison group institutions; these values can be viewed in tabular form on the screen, or
can be downloaded in a comma-delimited format that can be easily imported into many
standard software packages for further analysis. The statistical summary report calculates
summary statistics from comparison group variable values, and compares these to the
LinchPin institution values. The report templates allow you to generate packaged reports for
your LinchPin and comparison group institutions. We will be adding new templates to the
currently available list.

The Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT) replaces the Dump a Data File feature in the PAS, as well as
the IPEDS Electronic Codebook. The DCT allows users to quickly create a customized IPEDS
dataset or download an entire data file.

When creating a customized dataset, users are able to select institutions based on different
criteria or select all institutions. They may also paste a list of comma-separated UnitIDs into
a text box, or upload a comparison group that was created by the PAS. Users can also elect
to choose institutions from an earlier IPEDS universe.




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Users may choose any combination of variables from a chosen single year of IPEDS data.
Multiple data files will be produced depending on whether the variables are chosen from
single-record IPEDS data files or multi-record IPEDS data files. Users may choose to group
data by collection year or data year. The tool includes a variable search feature, and a
variable list sort feature, both of which make it easy to find variables of interest.

Output options for customized datasets include viewing the data on the screen, a .csv
format for spreadsheets, .csv formats for SAS, SPSS, and STATA, read programs for SAS,
SPSS, and STATA, and a data element dictionary.

When downloading entire data files, users can choose a .csv file, read programs for SAS,
SPSS, and STATA, and a data dictionary.

GENERAL NOTES ON USING THE PEER ANALYSIS SYSTEM

The User Manual can be accessed at virtually any time by clicking the User Manual button
on the banner menu. In addition, most screens have Help buttons that address specific
situations presented on those screens.

Please note that the system is designed to “time-out” after a certain period of inactivity. To
re-enter the system, click the Begin New Session button on the banner menu, or close
your browser and start again.

It is recommended that you save your comparison group and the definitions of your
calculated variables to your computer often, so that in the event the system becomes
unstable, you can recover your data effortlessly. If at any point the system becomes
unstable, click the Begin New Session button to start again, or close your browser and
start again. Once you’ve restarted, you will be able to upload your comparison group and/or
calculated variables.

The Reset button will clear all entries from the current screen before those entries have
been submitted. The Back button will take you back one screen at a time. The Cancel
button will cancel the current task.

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) lists are
in CIP code order, to preserve the relationships existing at the 2-digit CIP code level.

LOGIN

Guest level login is available to the public. This level allows access to adjudicated (final)
data. To log in at the guest level, select Guest Level permission.

Institution level login is available to institutions participating in IPEDS. This level allows
access to adjudicated data plus early release files. To log in at the institution level, select
Institution Level permission. On the next screen, use your institution’s UnitID as both User
ID and Password, and click Login.

Collection level login is available only during the data collection period to institutions that
have already submitted and locked data for the collection in process. This level allows
access to adjudicated data, early release files, plus data already submitted for the current


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collection. To login at the collection level when it is available, select Collection Level
permission. On the next screen, enter your IPEDS web collection UserID and Password, and
click Login.

IDENTIFY LINCHPIN INSTITUTION

After you log in, you are asked to identify the institution you wish to use as your LinchPin
institution – the institution you wish to compare to other institutions you’ll select. If you’re
logged in at the institution or collection level and you wish to use your own institution as
your LinchPin, click the Use My Institution button. Otherwise, enter either the Institution
Name or the Institution UnitID, and click the Select button. Use the Reset button if you
would like to change your entry before you have submitted it.

Hint: You do not need to enter the entire Institution Name; the program will search for
character strings. For example, if you enter the word Maryland as the Institution Name, the
program will return all institutions with the word Maryland in the name for you to choose
from.

If the institution name and/or UnitID are not found in the IPEDS lookup file, you will get the
message, “The search query did not find any institutions satisfying your search criteria.
Please try again.” Click the Add by Name button, and try again. If more than one
institution is found that matches the name you entered, you will get back a list of
institutions that match, with the instruction to choose one institution from the list; click the
institution name to make your choice. (If you want none of the listed institutions as your
LinchPin, click the Back button to get back to the LinchPin selection screen.)

Once you have selected your LinchPin institution, your choice will be verified on the Session
Summary screen. You can return to the Session Summary screen at any time by clicking the
Main Menu button on the banner menu. This screen provides information on your LinchPin
institution, comparison group, and master variables list, including calculated variables. From
here you can access all the major Peer Analysis System routines.

MASTER VARIABLES LIST

Your Master Variables List is a list of all variables you choose to use during a peer tool
session. This list of variables is available for you to use when selecting a comparison group,
defining calculated variables, or running reports. All variables selected for any of these
activities are added to this master list; this makes it easier to select the same variables for
multiple activities. Any calculated variables you have defined and any IPEDS survey
variables you have chosen will appear on this list. The Master Variables List is always
available through the Main Menu on the banner menu, and is also accessed when you
select a comparison group, define calculated variables, or run reports.

The screen that displays your Master Variables List indicates the variables you have chosen
to use so far in the session, along with the surveys they are found in, and outlines any
qualifiers selected for the variables (Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for
the qualifying variables (Qual Var1 Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of
qualifying variables are CIP code and award level for Completions data, and type of student
counted (line number) for Fall Enrollment data.




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Maintaining Your Master Variables List

To add variables directly to the Master Variables List, go to the Main Menu and click on the
link to Add variables, or click Select More Variables from the Master Variables List screen.
You can either create a calculated variable to add to your list, or choose stored IPEDS
variables to add to your list. If you wish to create a calculated variable, click on the link at
the top of the page. Full instructions for creating calculated variables are found in the
Calculated Variables section of the User Manual.

To add a stored IPEDS variable to your Master Variables List, select a survey and year by
clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to
backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the Master Variables List
Selection screen.)

Select the variable or variables you wish to use. The variables are not in alphabetical order,
but are listed in the order in which they appear on the survey. Depending on the variable
you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information to further refine the
variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of student for Fall
Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary when using
variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying variable, click
the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to expand an
item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links to make
multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the Save
and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the variable value set for alpha and
categorical variables (frequencies and distributions of the variable values), value statistics
and other statistics for continuous variables (including minimum and maximum values,
mean, and standard deviation), and the variable description and survey source. Select a
variable by marking the box to the left of the variable name, and click the Continue button.

To delete variables from this list, click on the trashcan icon in the Delete column. To delete
all variables from this list, click Remove All. (Please note: When you delete a calculated
variable from the Master Variables List, you also delete the definition.)

Save Master Variables List

Once you are satisfied with your Master Variables List, you can save it to your computer for
future use. The file that will be saved is a text file that lists the variables you’ve chosen and
describes the composition of any calculated variables on the list; it is not a program file or
executable file, and it will not harm your computer in any way. The next time you use the
Peer Analysis System, you will be able to retrieve this file, and you will not have to choose
your variables or define your calculated variables over again. To save the file, enter the
name you wish to save the file under in the box provided, and click the Continue button.
Your browser will walk you through the file save process. Indicate where you’d like the file
saved, and click Save. The filename you have specified will be appended to the end of a
sequence of identifiers; the filename extension will be .mvl. We suggest that you do not
modify the filename, because the system may not recognize the file if you do, and the file
will be unusable. Once the download is complete, click Back to return to your Master
Variables List.


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Get Master Variables List

If you have previously saved a Master Variables List file, you may retrieve it by uploading
the saved file to the Peer Analysis System. This will save you the work of reselecting
variables and redefining your calculated variables.

To retrieve the file, enter the complete path and filename in the box provided, or use the
Browse… button to locate the file. Master Variables List files will have an extension of .mvl.
Please note that the system may reject files that have been renamed. An exception to this
is that the system will recognize and accept calculated variables files (with a filename
extension of .cvl) saved under a previous version of the Peer Analysis System. Once the file
name has been entered, click Upload File.

Once the variables have been retrieved, you can modify the list and the definitions, but
please note that any modifications you make will not be reflected in the file on your hard
drive unless you resave the list.

DEFINE COMPARISON GROUP

The next step is to identify the comparison group of institutions you want to compare to
your LinchPin institution. You can choose institutions for the comparison group in several
ways: by name and/or UnitID, by variables, using the built-in automated peer group
function, or by a combination of these methods. You must choose a minimum of three
institutions for your comparison group. A maximum of 700 comparison group institutions is
allowed. You can access the routines that enable you to define your comparison group by
clicking the Comparison Group button on the banner menu.

Add an Institution by Name

Click the Add by Name button to select a comparison institution by either name or UnitID.
Enter the Institution Name or the Institution UnitID, and click Select. Enter a name or part
of a name; you can also enter one UnitID or multiple UnitIDs separated by commas. If more
than one institution is found that matches the name you entered, you will get back a list of
all institutions that match, with the instruction to select the institution or institutions you
wish to add to your group. Click the box to the left of the institutions you want, and click the
Continue button. (If you want none of the listed institutions for your comparison group,
click the Back button to return to the Comparison Group Institution Selection screen.) Your
selection will be returned to you on a screen that displays a current count of all institutions
in your comparison group plus the name, UnitID, city, and state of each comparison
institution.

Hint: You do not need to enter the entire Institution Name; the program will search for
character strings. For example, if you enter the word Maryland as the Institution Name, the
program will return all institutions with the word Maryland in the name for you to choose
from.

If you want to remove any of your selected comparison institutions, mark the checkbox to
the left of the institution name, and click the Remove Selected button. Or, you may mark
the institutions you want to keep, and click the Keep Selected button to remove the
unmarked institutions. Or, you may use the Remove All button and start over. If you wish
to keep all the institutions you’ve selected, you do not need to do anything.



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Add Institutions based on Variables

You can also select comparison group institutions by shared characteristics, that is, by
variable or combination of variables. To do this, click the Add by Variable button. You may
choose up to 20 variables for your search. You can use any of the calculated variables you
have previously defined, or you can select variables from any of the surveys listed on the
screen, or you can use variables from your master variables list, or you can use a
combination from all sources. Any new variables you select for this process will be added to
your master variables list. Mark the checkbox on the master variables list for any variable
you wish to use to select your comparison group.

If you want to use stored variables from IPEDS surveys, choose the survey and year by
clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to
backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the comparison group
screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it. You can mark multiple variables from the
same variable list at one time.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the variable value set for alpha and
categorical variables (frequencies and distributions of the variable values), value statistics
and other statistics for continuous variables (including minimum and maximum values,
mean, and standard deviation), and the variable description and survey source. You can
toggle back and forth between the Goto Description link and the Goto Values link. Click
the Close button to close the variable description box and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked all the variables you want from this variable list, scroll to
the bottom of the list, and click the Continue button.

Automatic Peer Group

Instead of constructing your own peer group by name and/or by variable, you can have the
system choose a peer group for you. This group will be based on such things as Carnegie
classification, sector of institution, highest degree offering, first-professional program
offerings, Title IV status, state code, and region code.

Click the Auto Peer Group button. Your auto peer group results will be shown on the
Institution Selection Query Results screen, which will present the total number of
institutions in your peer group, and list their UnitID, name, city, and state. Scroll to the


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bottom of the list and either Accept the list or Remove the list. Do this by marking the
circle to the left of your choice, and click Continue. If you choose to remove the list, you
can start over on the formation of a comparison group. If you choose to accept the list, your
new list of comparison group institutions will be returned. You may now remove institutions
from this list, or add more institutions by name or by variables.

The following table displays the automatic peer groups for Title IV participating,
degree-granting institutions:

          If your institution is a            Your Peer Group is
U.S. Service School                           All U.S. Service Schools
                                              All public and private not-for-profit,
                      Research University I
                                              Research I and II Universities in your
                      or II
                                              region.
                                              All public and private not-for-profit,
                      Doctoral University I
                                              Doctoral I and II Universities in your
                      or II
                                              region.
                      Medical school or       All public and private not-for-profit,
                      medical center          Medical schools or centers in your region.
                                              All public and private not-for-profit, Other
                      Other health
                                              health professional institutions in your
                      professional
                                              region.
                                             All public and private not-for-profit,
                      School of business and
                                             Schools of business and management in
                      management
Public or Private                            your region.
not-for-profit                                All public and private not-for-profit,
                      School of art, music,
institutions                                  Schools of art, music and design in your
                      and design
                                              region.
                                              All public and private not-for-profit,
                      School of engineering
                                              Schools of engineering and technology in
                      and technology
                                              the United States
                                              All public and private not-for-profit,
                      School of law
                                              Schools of law in the United States
                                              All public and private not-for-profit,
                      Teacher college
                                              Teacher colleges in the United States
                                              All public and private not-for-profit, Other
                      Other specialized
                                              specialized institutions in the United
                      institution
                                              States
                                              All public and private not-for-profit, 4-
                      4-year Tribal college
                                              year tribal colleges in the United States
                                               All Theological seminaries, Bible colleges,
Theological seminary, Bible college, or
                                               and other institutions offering degrees in
other institution offering degrees in religion
                                               religion, in your region.
                      Master's
                      (Comprehensive) I or    All public Master's (Comprehensive) I and
Public
                      II                      II institutions in your state.




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                                                 All private not-for-profit Master's
Private not-for-      Masters
                                                 (Comprehensive) I institutions in your
profit                (Comprehensive) I
                                                 region
                                                 All private not-for-profit Master's
Private not-for-      Master's
                                                 (Comprehensive) II institutions in your
profit                (Comprehensive) II
                                                 region
                                                 All public Baccalaureate I and II
Public                Baccalaureate I or II
                                                 institutions in your state.
Private not-for-                                 All private not-for-profit Baccalaureate I
                      Baccalaureate I
profit                                           institutions in your region
Private not-for-                                 All private not-for-profit Baccalaureate II
                      Baccalaureate II
profit                                           institutions in your region
                                                 All private for-profit 4-year institutions in
Private for-profit    4-year
                                                 your region
Public                2-year                     All public 2-year institutions in your state
Private not-for-                                 All private not-for-profit 2-year
                      2-year
profit                                           institutions in your region
                                                 All private for-profit 2-year institutions in
Private for-profit    2-year
                                                 your region


The following table displays the automatic peer groups for Title IV participating,
nondegree-granting institutions:


            If your institution is a          Your Peer Group is
                                              All public 4-year institutions in the United
   Public             4-year
                                              States
   Private not-for-                           All private not-for-profit 4-year institutions in
                    4-year
   profit                                     the United States
   Private for-                               All private for-profit 4-year institutions in the
                      4-year
   profit                                     United States
                      2-year and less-        All public 2-year and less-than-2-year
   Public
                      than-2-year             institutions in your state
   Private not-for-                           All private not-for-profit 2-year institutions in
                    2-year
   profit                                     your region
   Private for-                               All private for-profit 2-year institutions in your
                      2-year
   profit                                     region
   Private not-for-                           All private not-for-profit less than 2-year
                    Less than 2-year
   profit                                     institutions in your region
   Private for-                               All private for-profit less than 2-year
                      less than 2-year
   profit                                     institutions in your state




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The following table displays the automatic peer groups for institutions that are not
Title IV participating:


            If your institution is a       Your Peer Group is
                                           All public 4-year institutions in the United
   Public             4-year
                                           States
   Private not-for-                        All private not-for-profit 4-year institutions in
                    4-year
   profit                                  your region
   Private for-                            All private for-profit 4-year institutions in the
                      4-year
   profit                                  United States
                      2-year and less-     All public 2-year and less-than-2-year
   Public
                      than-2-year          institutions in your state
   Private not-for-                        All private not-for-profit 2-year institutions in
                    2-year
   profit                                  your region
   Private for-                            All private for-profit 2-year institutions in your
                      2-year
   profit                                  region
   Private not-for-                        All private not-for-profit less than 2-year
                    Less than 2-year
   profit                                  institutions in your region
   Private for-                            All private for-profit less than 2-year
                      less than 2-year
   profit                                  institutions in your state

If the peer group categories reported in the previous tables produce fewer than 3 peer
institutions, the next largest geographic category will be used to produce a larger group. For
example, if any state has less than 4 public 2-year, the automatic peer group for institutions
in that state will be all public 2-year institutions in that region.

The following table displays the states by region for the automatic peer groups:


        Region                                        States
                       Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamphire, Rhode Island,
   New England
                       Vermont
                       Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
   Mid East
                       Pennsylvania
   Great Lakes         Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
                       Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South
   Plains              Dakota
                       Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
   Southeast           Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Virginia,
                       West Virginia, Virginia
   Southwest           Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
   Rocky Mountain      Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming
   Far West            Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
                       American Samoa, Federated State of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall
   Outlying areas
                       Islands, Norther Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands




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Save List of Institutions

Once you are satisfied with your list of comparison group institutions, you can save this list
to your hard drive for future use. (A group of at least three institutions is needed in order to
save the list.) The file that will be saved is a text file of institution UnitIDs; it is not a
program file or executable file, and it will not harm your computer in any way. The next
time you use the Peer Analysis System, you will be able to retrieve this file, and you will not
have to define your comparison group institutions over again.

To save the file, click on the Save List button. On the next screen, enter the name you
wish to save the file under, and click Continue. Your browser will walk you through the file
save process. Indicate where on your hard drive you'd like the file saved, and click Save.
The filename you have specified will be appended to the end of a sequence of identifiers;
the filename extension will be .uid. We suggest that you do not modify the filename,
because the peer analysis tool may not recognize the file if you do, and the file will be
unusable. Once the download is complete, click Back to return to your comparison group
list.

Get List of Institutions

If you have previously saved a file of comparison group institutions, you may retrieve your
list by uploading the saved file to the Peer Analysis System. This will save you the work of
redefining your comparison group. To do this, click the Get Saved List. (If you already
have institutions in a comparison group, this will take you to the Upload Institutions Options
screen. Indicate whether you wish to use the previously saved list on its own, or combined
with additional comparison institutions you have just selected, by marking the circle to the
left of your choice, and click Continue.)

To retrieve the file, enter the complete path and filename in the box provided, or use the
Browse… button to locate the file. Please note that the system may reject any files that
have been renamed. The file will have an extension of .uid. Once the file name has been
entered, click Upload File. The retrieved list will be returned to you on the comparison
group list screen that displays a current count of all comparison institutions selected plus
name, UnitID, city, and state of each comparison institution.

You can edit this list by removing any or all of your selected comparison institutions. If you
wish to remove any institutions from your list, mark the checkbox to the left of the
institution name, and click Remove Selected. Or, you may mark the institutions you want
to keep, and click the Keep Selected button to remove the unmarked institutions. Or, you
can click Remove All and start over. If you wish to keep all institutions from your retrieved
list, you do not need to do anything. (Please note: any subsequent editing you do to a
retrieved list of comparison institutions will not be reflected in the file on your hard drive
unless you save the edited list.)

DEFINE CALCULATED VARIABLES

Calculated variables are variables you create from stored IPEDS survey variables. For
example, you may wish to add the enrollment for total men and total women to get a grand
total. Calculated variables can be used in the analytic reports produced by the Peer Analysis
System, and can also be used to define comparison groups. And now you can use calculated
variables in the definitions of other calculated variables. All calculated variables you define
are added to your Master Variables List.


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You can define your calculated variables by clicking the Calculated Variables button on
the banner menu. The Define Calculated Variable screen will appear.

Summation Variables

To calculate a summation variable, click the Calculated Variables button on the banner
menu. On the Define Calculated Variables screen, enter a name for the variable, click in the
Summation circle, and click Submit.

You may use any combination of up to 96 stored survey variables in your summation
variable. Select your variables from your Master Variables List, or select a survey and year
by clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to
backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the Define Calculated
Variables screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it. You can mark multiple variables from the
same variable list at one time.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked all the variables you want from this variable list, scroll to the
bottom of the list, and click the Continue button.

The screen that is returned indicates the variables you have chosen to be summed, along
with the surveys they are found in, and outlines any qualifiers selected for the variables
(Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for the qualifying variables (Qual Var1
Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of qualifying variables are CIP code and
award level for Completions data, and type of student counted (line number) for Fall
Enrollment data.

If you wish to remove any variables from your list, mark the checkbox to the left of the
variable, and click the Remove Selected button. Or, you may mark the variables you want
to keep, and click the Keep Selected button to remove the unmarked variables. If you wish
to remove all the variables you’ve selected and start over, click the Remove All button. If
you wish to keep all the variables you’ve selected, you do not need to do anything.



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To select more variables to be included in your summation variable, click Select More
Variables. You will be able to choose additional variables to be summed, from any survey
and year listed. When you have chosen all the variables you wish to sum, click Accept This
Variable. You will then be shown your calculated variables list. To modify the definition of a
calculated variable, click the name of that variable. To remove a variable, click in the
checkbox to the left of the calculated variable listing, in the Delete column, and click
Remove Selected. You can also choose to discard all your defined calculated variables by
clicking the Remove All button. To define another calculated variable, click Define More
Variables.

Difference Variables

To calculate a difference variable, click the Calculated Variables button on the banner
menu. On the Define Calculated Variable screen, enter a name for the variable, click in the
Difference circle, and click Submit. You may choose the variable you wish to subtract
from from your Master Variables List or from a survey listed on the screen.

Click on the link for Master Variables List and select the variable by clicking the radio
button, or choose a survey and year by clicking on the survey year for the appropriate
survey. On the next one or two screens, choose the file or section that the variable can be
found in. (Use the Back button to backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to
return to the Define Calculated Variable screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked the variable you want from this variable list, scroll to the bottom of
the list, and click the Continue button.

Next you will be asked to choose a variable to subtract. Again, choose a variable from your
Master Variables List, or find the survey and year, mark the variable, and click Continue.

Once you have selected your two variables, the screen that is returned will indicate the
variables you have chosen, along with the surveys they are found in, and will outline any
qualifiers selected for the variables (Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for



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the qualifying variables (Qual Var1 Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of
qualifying variables are CIP code and award level for Completions data, and type of student
counted (line number) for Fall Enrollment data.

You can remove either variable by marking the checkbox to the left of that variable, and
clicking Remove Selected, or you can remove both variables by clicking Remove All. If
you are satisfied with the two variables you have chosen, click Accept this Variable. You
will then be shown a Calculated Variables List that lists all the calculated variables you have
defined. To modify the definition of a calculated variable, click the name of that variable. To
remove a variable, click in the checkbox to the left of the calculated variable listing, in the
Delete column, and click Remove Selected. You can also choose to discard all your defined
calculated variables by clicking the Remove All button. To define another calculated
variable, click Define More Variables.

Ratio Variables

To calculate a ratio variable, click the Calculated Variables button on the banner menu.
On the Define Calculated Variable screen, enter a name for your variable, click in the Ratio
circle, and click Submit. You may choose the variable you wish to use as the numerator
from your Master Variables List or from a survey listed on the screen.

Click on the link for Master Variables List and select the variable by clicking the radio
button, or choose a survey and year by clicking on the survey year for the appropriate
survey. On the next one or two screens, choose the file or section that the variable can be
found in. (Use the Back button to backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to
return to the Define Calculated Variable screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked the variable you want from this variable list, scroll to the bottom of
the list, and click the Continue button.




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Next you will be asked to choose a variable for the denominator. Again, choose a variable
from your Master Variables List, or find the survey and year, mark the variable, and click
Continue.

Once you have selected your two variables, the screen that is returned will indicate the
variables you have chosen, along with the surveys they are found in, and will outline any
qualifiers selected for the variables (Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for
the qualifying variables (Qual Var1 Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of
qualifying variables are CIP code and award level for Completions data, and type of student
counted (line number) for Fall Enrollment data.

You can remove either variable by marking the checkbox to the left of that variable, and
clicking Remove Selected, or you can remove both variables by clicking Remove All. If
you are satisfied with the two variables you have chosen, click Accept this Variable. You
will then be shown a Calculated Variables List that lists all the calculated variables you have
defined. To modify the definition of a calculated variable, click the name of that variable. To
remove a variable, click in the checkbox to the left of the calculated variable listing, in the
Delete column, and click Remove Selected. You can also choose to discard all your defined
calculated variables by clicking the Remove All button. To define another calculated
variable, click Define More Variables.

Save Calculated Variables

Calculated variables are added to your Master Variables List, and are saved when you save
that list on your computer.

GENERATE REPORTS AND STATS

You can access the reports and statistics portion of the Peer Analysis System by clicking the
Reports and Stats button on the banner menu. The Peer Analysis Reporting Page screen
will appear. This screen lists the four options available: Ranking Report, Institutions Data,
Statistical Summary Report, and Report Templates.

Ranking Report

The Ranking Report option creates a report containing the LinchPin institution and the
comparison group, ranked by the value of the variable of your choice. The LinchPin
institution is displayed in the list in a different color. (You can select this option only after
you have selected a comparison group of at least three institutions. If you have fewer than
three institutions in your comparison group, you will receive the message, “You need to
have at least 3 institutions in your comparison group before doing this step.” Click the
Comparison Group button to access the comparison group selection routines.)

To run this report, click the Ranking Report link. You can select your ranking variable from
your Master Variables List, or from any of the surveys listed on the screen. To select from
your Master Variables List, click on the link at the top of the page, and then choose the
variable from the list on the screen by clicking on the name of the desired variable.

If you want to use a stored variable from an IPEDS survey, choose the survey and year by
clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to



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backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the Peer Analysis
Reporting screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked the variable you want from this variable list, scroll to the bottom of
the list, and click the Continue button.

Your ranking report will be returned in tabular form, listing the LinchPin institution and
comparison group institutions in order by value of the variable you’ve chosen. This report
can be printed out using your browser’s print facility. To run another report, click the
Reports and Stats button on the banner menu.

Institutions Data Report

The Institutions Data option creates a report that lists the values of multiple selected
variables for the LinchPin institution and each of the comparison group institutions. The
LinchPin institution will be displayed at the top of the list. The comparison group institutions
will follow, in UnitID order. (You can select this option only after you have selected a
comparison group of at least three institutions. If you have fewer than three institutions in
your comparison group, you will receive the message, “You need to have at least 3
institutions in your comparison group before doing this step.” Click the Comparison Group
button to access the comparison group selection routines.)

To run this report, click the Institutions Data link. You can select a maximum of 250
variables from your Master Variables List, from any of the surveys and years listed on the
screen, or you can use a combination from the two sources. To select from your Master
Variables List, click the link at the top of the page, and then choose the variable or variables
from the list on the screen by marking the checkbox to the left of the variable name. Click
Finished Selection, or Select More Variables to choose additional stored variables.

If you want to use stored variables from IPEDS surveys, choose the survey and year by
clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to



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backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the Peer Analysis
Reporting screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
check box to the left of the variable by clicking it. You can mark multiple variables from the
same variable list at one time.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked all the variables you want from this variable list, scroll to the
bottom of the list, and click the Continue button.

Your Master Variables List will be returned, listing all variables selected to this point,
indicating the variables selected for your institutions data report with checkmarks in the
boxes, detailing the variables by source and name, and outlining any qualifiers selected for
the variables (Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for the qualifying variables
(Qual Var1 Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of qualifying variables are
CIP code and award level for Completions data, and type of student counted (line number)
for Fall Enrollment data. Add or delete variables for your report by checking or unchecking
the boxes. To select more variables to be included in your report, click the Select More
Variables link. You will be able to choose additional variables for the report, from the same
survey and year, or from different surveys and years.

When you have chosen all the variables you want for your report, click Finished Selection
from the Master Variables List screen. You will then be asked to indicate how you wish the
report to be formatted and displayed. Enter a Table Name for the report in the box
provided, if you wish. Then, mark the circle to the left of the choice, to indicate whether you
want the institution name included in the report along with the UnitID; whether you want
long or short variable names used; whether you wish to view the report on the screen, or
download it as a comma-separated file with variable names in the first record; and whether
you want imputation and status flags included in your output.

Once you have made your formatting choices, click Continue, and your report will be
returned. If you’ve chosen to view the report on the screen, it can be printed using your
browser’s print facility. If you’ve chosen to download the file, your browser will walk you
through the file save process. Indicate where you'd like the file saved, and click Save. The
output format for the file is a comma separated values file (which has a .csv file extension



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in the filename). Once the download is complete, use the banner menu at the top of the
screen to move to another task.

Statistical Summary Report

The Statistical Summary Report option creates a report that calculates summary statistics
from your comparison group using variables of your choice, and compares these statistics to
the variable values of the LinchPin institution. (You can select this option only after you
have selected a comparison group of at least three institutions. If you have fewer than
three institutions in your comparison group, you will receive the message, “You need to
have at least 3 institutions in your comparison group before doing this step.” Click
Comparison Group to access the comparison group selection routines.)

To produce this report, click on the Statistical Summary Report link on the Peer Analysis
Reporting Page. You can select a maximum of 25 variables from your Master Variables List,
from any of the surveys and years listed on the screen, or you can use a combination from
the two sources. To select from your Master Variables List, click the link at the top of the
page, and then choose the variable or variables from the list on the screen by marking the
checkbox to the left of the variable name. Click Finished Selection, or Select More
Variables to choose additional stored variables.

If you want to use stored variables from IPEDS surveys, choose the survey and year by
clicking on the survey year for the appropriate survey. On the next one or two screens,
choose the file or section that the variable can be found in. (Use the Back button to
backtrack one screen at a time, and the Cancel button to return to the Peer Analysis
Reporting screen.)

The variables on the variable lists are not in alphabetical order, but are listed in the order in
which they appear on the survey. To select a variable from the variables list, mark the
checkbox to the left of the variable by clicking it. You can mark multiple variables from the
same variable list at one time.

Depending on the variable you’ve selected, you may need to provide additional information
to further refine the variable (e.g., a particular CIP code for Completions data, level of
student for Fall Enrollment data, etc.). These are qualifying variables, and are necessary
when using variables from a table with multiple records per UnitID. To specify a qualifying
variable, click the Select link. Make your choices by marking the boxes. Use the + button to
expand an item to list all its components. You may also make use of the Select all... links
to make multiple simultaneous selections. When you've marked all your selections, click the
Save and Close link at the top of the screen.

To see a detailed description of any variable, click the yellow info button associated with
that variable. A pop-up box will appear, displaying the value statistics and other statistics
(including minimum and maximum values, mean, and standard deviation), and the variable
description and survey source. Click the Close button to close the variable description box
and return to the list of variables.

When you have marked all the variables you want from this variable list, scroll to the
bottom of the list, and click the Continue button.




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Your Master Variables List will be returned, listing all variables selected to this point,
indicating the variables selected for your institutions data report with checkmarks in the
boxes, detailing the variables by source and name, and outlining any qualifiers selected for
the variables (Qual Var1 and Qual Var2) and the values selected for the qualifying variables
(Qual Var1 Value and Qual Var2 Value), if applicable. Examples of qualifying variables are
CIP code and award level for Completions data, and type of student counted (line number)
for Fall Enrollment data. Add or delete variables for your report by checking or unchecking
the boxes. To select more variables to be included in your report, click the Select More
Variables link. You will be able to choose additional variables for the report, from the same
survey and year, or from different surveys and years.

When you have chosen all the variables you want for your report, click Finished Selection
from the Master Variables List screen. The Statistics Table Options screen will appear. Enter
a name for your report (if you wish), and choose as many of the summary types as you
want by marking the appropriate boxes. Indicate whether you want to view the results on
the screen or download a comma-separated file, and click the Make Statistics Report
button.

The report will be returned in a table format, with the variables you’ve selected as rows,
and the LinchPin value and summary statistics you’ve selected as columns. The number of
institutions reporting data for each of the variables is shown in parentheses after the
variable name. If you’ve chosen to view the report on the screen, it can be printed using
your browser’s print facility. If you’ve chosen to download the file, your browser will walk
you through the file save process. Indicate where you'd like the file saved and click Save.
The output format for the file is a comma separated values file (which has a .csv file
extension in the filename). Once the download is complete, use the banner menu at the top
of the screen to move to another task.

You can also see the data used in the summary statistics. To do this, you must choose to
view the report on the screen, and then click the Show Data Used in Statistics button.
You will then be asked to indicate how you wish the report to be formatted and displayed.
Enter a Table Name for the report in the box provided, if you wish. Then, mark the circle to
the left of the choice, to indicate whether you want the institution name included in the
report along with the UnitID; whether you want long or short variable names used; whether
you wish to view the report on the screen, or download it as a comma-separated file with
variable names in the first record; and whether you want imputation and status flags
included in your output.

Once you have made your formatting choices, click Continue, and your report will be
returned. If you’ve chosen to view the report on the screen, it can be printed using your
browser’s print facility. If you’ve chosen to download the file, your browser will walk you
through the file save process. Indicate where you'd like the file saved, and click Save. The
output format for the file is a comma separated values file (which has a .csv file extension
in the filename). Once the download is complete, use the banner menu at the top of the
screen to move to another task.

Report Templates

The Report Templates option allows you to generate packaged reports for your LinchPin and
comparison group institutions. (You do not need a comparison group in order to use this
feature if you wish to see the report generated for your LinchPin institution only.) To choose
this option, click the Reports and Stats button on the banner menu, and then click the


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Report Templates link. Choose the report you want to generate, and then the year or
years of data you wish to use, and click Continue. Some reports have additional options for
display on the report screen. All report templates can be downloaded by clicking the link at
the top of the screen. Additional report templates will be added to the list of currently
available options.

Forms Facsimile

The Forms Facsimile option allows you to print survey data for your LinchPin and
comparison group institutions in a format similar to the IPEDS printed forms. (You do not
need a comparison group in order to use this feature if you wish to see the report generated
for your LinchPin institution only.) A file export option is also available. To choose this
option, click the Reports and Stats button on the banner menu, and then click the Forms
Facsimile link. You can either view a report on the screen and print it out, or export survey
data. To view a report on the screen, click on the View reports for a selected institution
link, then choose an institution by clicking on the institution name. Find the survey you'd
like to view, and click on the year you want (years that are not underlined are not
available). The report will be returned on the next screen, in a grid format similar to the old
IPEDS paper forms. You can sort the report by clicking on any underlined column heading.

You can generate a printable version of the report by clicking on the Printable version link
at the top of the screen. This version will paginate the report for printing. You can also
export data by clicking on the Export this survey link. To export data, you need to specify
format (fixed length or comma separated), year, and survey desired, and then click the
Process export button. When the export is completed, you'll get a message that the
zipped file is ready to download. Click on the underlined filename, and your browser will
take over to perform the download. Once the download is complete, click List of surveys
to choose another survey for the institution you've already selected, File export list to
export and download more data for that institution, or use the yellow banner menu to move
to another part of the Peer Analysis System. To choose a report for a different institution
from among your LinchPin and comparison group, click on Reports and Stats, Forms
Facsimile, and View reports for a selected institution.




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