Higher Education Organizations
AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) - http://www.aacu.org/
AAC&U's membership is comprised of institutions of higher education dedicated to ensuring that the advantages of a liberal education are available to all students regardless of background, enrollment path, academic specialization, or intended career.
AIR (Association for Institutional Research) - http://www.airweb.org/
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is dedicated to professional growth of all who participate in decision making related to higher education via management research, policy analysis and planning.
APCU (Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities) - http://www.apcu.net/
The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to strengthen the mission of colleges and universities related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Carnegie Classification Of Institutions of Higher Education - http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is the leading typology of American colleges and universities. It is the framework in which institutional diversity in U.S. higher education is commonly described. Most of the Carnegie Foundation's higher education projects rely on the Classification to ensure a representative selection of participating individuals and institutions.
CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) - http://www.cic.edu/
CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC is not a lobbying organization, but rather focuses on providing services to campus leaders as well as seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.
CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) -http://www.cupahr.org/index.aspx
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) is an institutionally based association of higher education human resource (HE-HR) professionals.
Digest of Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/
The Digest provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
FIICU (Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities) - http://www.federationedu.org/
The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities is the oldest private college association in the nation. The Federation is an advocacy organization that represents the public policy interests of Illinois’ non-profit private colleges and universities. With a membership of 58 institutions from all regions of the state, the Federation is a unified voice on behalf of the independent sector of higher education in Illinois.
Higher Education Act (HEA) Implementation Guidelines -http://www.naicu.edu/special_initiatives/HEA101/
HEA 101 is an effort by NAICU to help its members understand and comply with the new Higher Education Act. Given the importance of the HEA across all sectors, NAICU is pleased to provide insight, resources, and information on the bill to the higher education community.
HLC (Higher Learning Commission) - http://www.ncahlc.org/
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) - http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS/
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, and finances.
NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) - http://www.naicu.edu/
The Association supports accredited, non tax-supported, nonprofit colleges and universities in the areas of government relations, fundraising, research, cooperative programs and public relations.
NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) - http://nces.ed.gov/
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.
UCAN (University College Accountability Network) - http://www.ucan-network.org/
This consumer information initiative gives prospective students and their families concise, Web-based consumer-friendly profiles of individual private colleges and universities.
WCC (Work Colleges Consortium) - http://www.workcolleges.org/
Blackburn College is a member of this consortium along with six other colleges that all have work programs. On each campus, there has been a historical recognition of the value of work and an institutional commitment to promote an understanding of that value among students through establishment of a work program. These work programs help students to understand work as a tool for experiential education, as a means of serving the community, and as a place for integrating academic learning, practical knowledge, and life lived in the larger community. The colleges blend courses in liberal learning and applied studies with their own particular vision of the undergraduate curriculum.
Other Data Resources
U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. Department of Commerce) -http://www.census.gov/
The mission of the Bureau is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. This site contains the Census 2000 Data.