Using the National Student Data Clearinghouse to Learn More About the Educational Journey of Students


National Student Clearinghouse, data, eduaction, students


The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) has available for research a large data warehouse of enrollment and graduation information from 1993 to the present for nearly all postsecondary students in the United States. In this most recent academic year, 18 million currently enrolled students alone were added to the database. Some of the following research questions were answered by administrators at the Brigham Young University (BYU) Salt Lake Center using this data warehouse: How many of the students actually graduated? How many institutions did they attend before they graduated? How long did it take for them to graduate? This information in the hands of a distance and continuing educator can help inform strategic planning, marketing, and retention efforts for their institutions.

Original Publication Citation

Howell, P., & Howell, S., (Fall, 2018) Using the National Student Data Clearinghouse to Learn More Aboutthe Educational Journey of Students. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 21(3). Retrieved from

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Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration




David O. McKay School of Education


Instructional Psychology and Technology

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Assistant Professor