Common Data Set

The Common Data Set Initiative is a collaborative effort between publishers and the educational community to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the burden on colleges of compiling and reporting information. Questions about these data should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at (561) 803-2055.


Questions and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its college surveys are a guide in the development of CDS items. Common Data Set items undergo broad review by secondary schools and two-and four-year colleges.

The Common Data Set provides information on the following topics:

  • General information about PBA
  • Enrollment and persistence
  • First-time, first-year (freshman) admission
  • Transfer admission
  • Academic offerings and policies
  • Student life
  • Annual expenses - tuition, fees, room and board
  • Financial aid
  • Instructional faculty and class size, student to faculty ratio
  • Undergraduate degrees conferred - by area of study