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MAPS Institutional Equity Outcomes Dashboard

Across the U.S. higher education industry, different colleges and universities produce uneven outcomes for students - placing them on a path to greater economic mobility or leaving them less well off. These gaps are especially pronounced for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and rural students, who face more hurdles even at well-resourced institutions. 

To create a more equitable higher education system where every student is supported to succeed, leaders need to first examine the disparities within their own institutions.

The Institutional Equity Outcomes Dashboard empowers leaders to see where their institutions stand and how they compare to peers and state and national benchmarks.

The dashboard visualizes select IPEDS data, disaggregated where available, around key themes including enrollment, retention, graduation, and outcomes. This interactive tool allows leaders to visually understand their own institutions and peer and national data trends. 

Explore the Dashboard

What the tool is

What the tool is not

Visual: A visual representation of IPEDS data points that relate to equity for students


Interactive: A tool that allows comparison of retention, graduation, and outcomes data across types of institutions for greater context


Curated: Focused on institutional climate factors and the outcomes institutions produce for different groups of students

Definitive: A definitive assessment of what makes up equity at a college or university

Exhaustive: An answer to the need for more student-centric postsecondary data systems

the Tool

Uses recent IPEDS data reported by more than 3,000 institutions across the U.S.

Displays data at the institutional level and disaggregates by race, gender, Pell status, or other factors when available

Includes variables related to equitable student access, experience, and outcomes


In Spring 2022, our team reviewed several leading data sources and interviewed more than 30 higher education leaders about how they measure and address equity at their institutions. While most leaders agree that addressing equity gaps is a priority, a lack of robust and consistent metrics makes it difficult to define and track equitable institutional achievement. We outline the challenges and opportunities for improving the measurement of equity and highlight several promising initiatives focused on improving high-quality postsecondary data in our white paper, Missing Metrics: An Analysis of Equity Measurement Gaps in Higher Education.

Missing Metrics: An Analysis of Equity Measurement Gaps in Higher Education

Dashboard at a Glance

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Additional resources

Several leading organizations and individuals have made important contributions to increasing transparency around the costs, value, finances, and economic models of higher education.

Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50-state Report Card

"More than 900,000 Black undergraduates are enrolled at public colleges and universities across the United States. This report is about the status of these students at every four-year, non-specialized, public postsecondary institution in the nation.  Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F, and I) are awarded to each institution."

Learn more

This index is part of the MAPS Project, which is hosted and run by the Sorenson Impact Center. The MAPS project charts the shifting landscape of higher education to help create a more equitable future. This project is based on research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These materials do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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