Under Section 487(a)(17) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 1094(a)(17) and the Department of Education's regulations at 34 C.F.R. Section 668.14(b)(19), institutions that participate or expect to participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs must complete, in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the Secretary, all surveys conducted as a part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). IPEDS data submissions occur on a cyclic basis throughout the academic year and include surveys of Institutional Characteristics, Completions, and 12-Month Enrollment in the fall; Student Financial Aid, Graduation Rates, Graduation Rates 200, Admissions, and Outcome Measures in the winter; and Fall Enrollment, Finance, Human Resources and Academic Library in the Spring.

The data are submitted to the National Center for Education Statistics. It is through the NCES that institutions can run reports on key performance indicators using similar or aspirational peers to establish benchmarks. Such measures of relative standing on key indicators serve as a way through which the institution can gauge its quality and progress on strategic improvement efforts, and they serve as an indicator of USC Aiken’s commitment to openness and public accountability.


Institutional Characteristics

Degree Completions

12 Month Enrollments

Human Resources

Fall Enrollment


Financial Aid

Academic Libraries


Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates 200

Outcome Measures