ipeds Package for R

I gave a talk at the 2011 AIR Forum about the ipeds package. Here is a copy of the slides and example R script.

This page summarizes the ipeds package for R. The purpose of this package is to provide functions to assist with reporting surveys to and retrieving data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The project summary page you can find here.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve survey data from IPEDS.

#Install the package
install.packages('ipeds', repos=c('http://R-Forge.R-project.org', 'http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/R/CRAN'), dep=TRUE)

#Load the package

#List the available functions

#These are the data frames included in the package
data(surveys); names(surveys)
data(cipcodes); names(surveys)
data(crosswalk); names(crosswalk)

#Download the directory information
directory = getIPEDSSurvey('HD', 2009)
names(directory); nrow(directory)
unitid = directory[which(directory$instnm == 'Excelsior College'),'unitid']

ipedsHelp('HD', 2009)

#Get the 12-month enrollment survey
enrollment12month = getIPEDSSurvey('EFFY', 2009)
names(enrollment12month); nrow(enrollment12month)
enrollment12month[which(enrollment12month$unitid == unitid),]

ipedsHelp('EFFY', 2009)

#If you are going to be working ofline you can download all
# the surveys and help for a given year.