Online Keyholder Courses

Mentor-supported, self-paced courses are designed to enhance your knowledge as an IPEDS Keyholder. Courses can be taken from the comfort of your home or office, and require approximately 10-12 hours to complete within a one-month period.

IPEDS Keyholder Essentials:
A Beginner’s Guide

Created for data providers with less than 9 months of experience as keyholders, this course covers basic concepts and definitions, such as:

  • What IPEDS is
  • Components that make up an IPEDS submission
  • IPEDS requirements and your responsibilities as a Keyholder
  • Tips and tricks on how to complete accurate and timely IPEDS submissions

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IPEDS Keyholder Efficiencies:
Reducing the Reporting Burden

Created for keyholders with 10-24 months of experience, this course introduces and expands upon concepts including:

  • Cleaning data files
  • Leveraging IPEDS data at your institution
  • Reducing the burden of IPEDS reporting
  • Benchmarking data and creating benchmarking reports

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NOTE: Participants may only enroll in ONE course at a time.


All IPEDS Keyholder training options are available at no cost to participants. Funding for this work comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).