Formatting the Detail Records

The detail records contain the field values in the data files. The fields are different for each data file type. Every data file must include at least one detail record. List the detail records after the column header record. Enter one comma-delimited detail record per line. See the following tables […]

Formatting the Column Header Record

Every data file must include a column header record containing the column headings for the fields in the data file. The column headings are different for each data file type. The field values are included in the detail records. See Detail Records below for details. List the column headings separated […]

Formatting the Trailer Record

You must include all of the following fields in the trailer record for each data file. All fields are required. # Variable Value 1 Record Type Indicates the type of record. Must be the first field in the record. Enter T1 for the trailer record. 2 Total Record Count The […]

Formatting the Header Record

You must include all of the following fields in the header record for each data file. All fields are required. # Variable Value 1 Record Type Indicates the type of record. Must be the first field in the record. The value depends on the type of data file you are […]

Formatting a Data File

Data files must be submitted as comma-delimited CSV or TXT files in flat-file format. A flat file contains a plain text table with columns separated by commas and rows separated by lines. For example, if you had a table of student names, ages, and favorite colors for four students named Tim, Sally, […]

Creating a Data File

Data files are used to submit data through the PDP. They must include all of the necessary information and be properly formatted in order to be validated and processed by The Clearinghouse. Students to Include The students you include in your data files are based on “cohorts.” Cohorts include all […]

About the PDP

The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) empowers institutions with more comprehensive data, easier analysis, centralized reporting functions, and better visual representations to help you understand, improve, and communicate student outcomes. The PDP offers interactive dashboards that enable your institution to visualize student outcomes in aggregated and disaggregated forms and an analysis-ready […]