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Swarthmore College Office of Institutional Research records

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-H

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into two series: 1) Data, primarily surveys and data sheets, ranging in topic from the facilities and programs at Swarthmore College to the students attending and financial aid; 2) Reports, especially accreditation reports and self-studies.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

Per Swarthmore College's institutional policy, these records are restricted until 50 years from the date of creation. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Swarthmore College President's Office; contact the Friends Historical Library Curator to submit an access request.

Please note that some historical data is available on the Office of Institutional Research's website, In general, requests for official or public data on Swarthmore College should be submitted through the Institutional Research Office (except for requests from the news media, which should go through the office of News and Information).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

The goal of the Office of Institutional Research is to gather information related to the institution for the purpose of future planning and assessment. College data is submitted to state and federal government according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards. Data collected prior to 1992 followed Higher Education General Information Series (HEGIS) standards.

Accreditation is a process by which U.S. institutions of higher education undergo peer review to assess and certify that the institution meets a threshold of quality, and is eligible to receive federal funds (e.g. through student aid or grants). Swarthmore College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In order to maintain accreditation, institutions provide routine evaluations in the forms of annual reports, decennial self-studies, and interim (between self-studies) periodic review reports. The latter two involve evaluation by external reviewers.


3.1 linear ft. : 7 full letter-size document boxes and 1 half letter-size document box.

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into two series:

  1. Data, arranged by topic
  2. Reports, arranged chronologically

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Office of Institutional Research, 2017.

Related Materials

Past accreditation reports and much historical data are maintained by the Office of Institutional Research for that office's ongoing reference. Requests to use that material may be submitted through IR office (

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Alison Sielaff in 2018.


Swarthmore College Office of Institutional Research records
Alison Sielaff
November 2018
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Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting or requesting repoductions from Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library

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