Common Data Set (CDS)
In 1997, the Common Data Set (CDS) was created in response to increasing requests for data. The CDS is a means for colleges and universities to collect comparable data using a standardized definition for questions of interest to higher education data providers and publishers. Goals of the CDS include improving the accuracy and comparability of information reported about higher education and reducing the reporting burden on data providers.
The CDS displays information on college or university enrollment, admissions, transfer students, academic offerings, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty data, and degrees conferred.
The WKU Quick Facts offer a brief synopsis of institutional data. They show a demographic breakdown of WKU student enrollments at the national, state, and local level.
Regional Campus Reports
The WKU Regional Campus Reports offer a regional campus analysis of WKU's Elizabethtown|Ft.
Knox, Glasgow, and Owensboro campuses. Regional Campuses at WKU are made up of units
that take the educational resources of WKU to citizens of Kentucky and around the
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