Common Data Set (CDS) was developed through collaboration among publishers of
college guides, colleges and universities, representatives of higher
education organizations, high school counselors, and the National Center for
Education Statistics. Many of the items and definitions in the Common Data
Set are being used on the surveys of several major publishers. The goal of
CDS is to improve the comparability of data reported by colleges and
universities, and to ease each institution's burden by asking questions in a
standardized way on numerous surveys.