LFCC Assists US DOE with Development of Online Data System

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

When the U. S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  announced the availability of a website providing access to the Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS), it was because of the work of employees at Lord Fairfax Community College.  The College received a contract from USDOE to develop the IPEDS State Data Center, which was recently completed, working with NCES to bring the site to fruition.  Under the College’s Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, employees worked with the USDOE throughout the process of development, design and testing. 

The IPEDS Data Center’s online application is designed to meet the needs of national and state legislative staff, policymakers, and others who focus on postsecondary needs at the state level.  It utilizes existing IPEDS data to facilitate data comparison and retrieval in the context of a state audience perspective.  The State Data Center is composed of three retrieval tools:  Custom Data Tables, State Profiles, and Pre-Designed Reports.    

 “This is another example of the leadership LFCC provides to community colleges in Virginia and the nation,” stated Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, College President.  “The College is pleased to share the expertise of our staff to benefit all those working on state level postsecondary education issues.”

 The LFCC team working on the project includes John H. Milam, Ph.D., Andy Simpson, Mike Sottong, and Stephen Boyd.  The IPEDS State Data Center site can be accessed by the following link:    http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/sdc/  .                       


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.