U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on IPEDS Changes by May 20

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a request for comments on planned changes to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys, which include the Academic Libraries component. The 60-day Federal Register notice (docket ED–2019–ICCD–0028) was published on March 20, and the public comment period ends May 20.  

The following important changes to the Academic Libraries component are planned to go into effect during the next three-year cycle:

  • The survey will capture the number of FTE librarians, non-librarian professional staff, all other paid staff, and student assistants.
  • A definition and instructions for counting digital/electronic serials has been added to the survey.
  • Instructions for reporting digital/electronic serials usage have been added to the survey.

The e-serials and e-serials usage definitions were developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), American Library Association (ALA), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) IPEDS Task Force, which serves as an advisory group  for the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions.

A summary of all planned changes is available via the “Open Docket Folder” link at the top of the IPEDS docket page.  

Make your voice heard by submitting comments via the docket page by Monday, May 20, 2019.