The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers
in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board,
Thomson Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration
is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in
a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden
on data providers.
The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument
or set of data represented in a database.