"The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is 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 reporting burden on data providers." (https://commondataset.org)
Professional Organizations are a useful resource for learning about and supporting the work of Institutional Research. These include: The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), The Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM), the Integrated Post-Secondary Educational Data system (IPEDS), and the IPEDS College Navigator.