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Dec 28 -- NCES issues correction to Dec 15 notice. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/12/28/2021-28059/202022-beginning-postsecondary-students-bps2022-field-test-correction
 
Dec 15 --  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education, invites comments to OMB by January 14, 2022 regarding the 2020/22 Beginning Postsecondary Students Full Scale Study (BPS:20/22).

The 2020/22 Beginning Postsecondary Students Full-Scale Study (BPS:20/22) is part of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study data collection program at https://nces.ed.gov/​surveys/​bps/​. The BPS:20/22 Full-scale Data Collection will begin 03/01/22 and end 11/11/22. BPS is designed to follow a cohort of students who enroll in postsecondary education for the first time during the same academic year, irrespective of the date of high school completion. The study collects data on students' persistence in and completion of postsecondary education programs; their transition to employment; demographic characteristics; and changes over time in their goals, marital status, income, and debt, among other indicators. Data from BPS are used to help researchers and policymakers better understand how financial aid influences persistence and completion, what percentages of students complete various degree programs, what are the early employment and wage outcomes for certificate and degree attainers, and why students leave school.  
 
BPS:20/22 will be a nationally-representative sample of approximately 37,000 students who were first-time beginning students during the 2019-20 academic year. These students will be asked to complete a survey and administrative data will also be collected for them. Administrative data matching will be conducted with sources including the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), containing federal loan and grant files; the Central Processing System (CPS), which houses and processes data contained in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms; the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) which provides enrollment and degree verification; vendors of national undergraduate, graduate, and professional student admission tests; and possible other administrative data sources such as the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). These data will be obtained through file matching/downloading.  
 
In addition, this request includes conducting panel maintenance activities for the BPS:20/25 field test sample. BPS:20/25 is anticipated but has not yet been authorized.  
 
This submission covers BPS:20/22 full-scale materials and procedures required for conducting the student survey and for matching data to administrative records. Along with this full-scale package NCES will provide the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with a memorandum summarizing changes from the field test for the full-scale data collection. The materials for the BPS:20/22 full-scale study are based upon the field test materials. This submission is designed to adequately justify the need for and overall practical utility of the full study, presenting the overarching plan for all of the phases of the data collection and providing as much detail about the measures to be used as is available at the time of this submission.
 
BPS website: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/bps/
FR notice inviting comment:  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/12/15/2021-27084/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-to-the-office-of-management-and-budget-for
BPS:20/22 Full-scale submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202112-1850-001 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation.
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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