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Julia Michaels
Executive Director
Center for Public
University Transformation
(202) 478-6071

Media Contact:
Mike Brost
Associate Director
of Public Affairs

(202) 478-6038

Postsecondary Data Partnership

Intermediaries for Scale institutions will submit data to the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP). The PDP is a national effort helping colleges and universities gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and identify where to focus their resources.

Through the PDP, institutions will receive interactive dashboards that deliver early momentum metrics and student outcomes by cohort, cohort term, age, race, gender, Pell Grant status, Grade Point Average, first-generation-student status, and more to gauge the effectiveness of institutional support. The PDP also benchmarks institutions against peer institutions in these areas.

Participating in the PDP
APLU is committed to working with the IFS institutions to ensure a successful Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) engagement. The PDP will take between 40 and 80 hours of work.  Questions may arise in understanding the data definitions or mapping data elements to data sources. APLU will provide assistance in completing the data preparation and submission.  To support you, we offer the following services: 

  • Formal Training
    Participating institutions will have access to weekly training sessions from July 1 to August 31 to walk institutional staff through the data collection and submission process. These sessions will also include training on how to use the data. These sessions are offered at no cost by APLU's partner organization, Achieving the Dream (ATD). Register here to attend the sessions.
  • Webinars
    APLU delivered two onboarding webinars on the PDP. Watch a recording of the webinar here and view slides from the session here.
  • Technical Assistance
    To receive technical assistance, please complete the readiness questionnaire. APLU will also office hours the first Wednesday of every month from 1-2pm ET. To get the link for office hours and ask any questions related to the PDP, you may email us at
  • FAQs
    Click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Postsecondary Data Partnership Process.
  • Other Resources

Expected Timeline

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PxP Meetings & Events Events

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hosted Virtually through Zoom
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hosted Virtually through Zoom

Project Highlights

  • Nearly 125 change-ready universities and state systems
  • 16 transformation clusters
  • 3 million undergraduates

Project Goals

  • Produce hundreds of thousands more graduates by 2025 with an emphasis on underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students.
  • Cut in half the achievement gap by 2025 for underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation students while increasing access.
  • Share key data, learning, and effective practices to drive innovation and transformation across the higher education sector.


Four strategic priorities guide Powered by Publics work. They are:

  1. Taking explicit action to pursue educational equity for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.
  2. Committing to transparency by sharing data and monitoring progress toward equity goals.
  3. Developing common opportunities for cross-cluster learning, sharing, and collective action in the thematic areas of Affordability, Holistic Student Supports, and Teaching & Learning.
  4. APLU and its partners committing to invest in institutional capacity through grants and technical assistance.