Founded in 1993, the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) is a unique non-profit organization that serves as an invaluable academic and administrative resource. As a central source for student enrollment, performance, and degree information, educators, academic researchers, and policymakers use NSC data to explore the effects of various programs or policies on postsecondary attendance, persistence, and attainment. In fact, most school districts and offices of institutional research have come to rely on the NSC for its ability to provide time- and cost-saving benefits.
Over the past twenty years, the NSC has steadily expanded its scope and member participation. Today, there are more than 3,600 participating institutions representing 98% of all students enrolled in public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities across the United States. NSC makes member information available to the full education community; member institutions then use this data in their own activities (e.g. research efforts, outreach programs, recruitment, and much more), all in full compliance with FERPA. It is an extensive and uncommon resource designed to help facilitate institutional compliance, educational research, and administrative reporting.