The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to improve strategic decision making in higher education for states and institutions in the United States and abroad.”
NCHEMS provides an information site with the goal of providing policy makers and analysts with timely and accurate data and information useful for making sound higher education policy decisions.
This site provides comparative data that is delineated down to state and county levels. Helpful charts and analytic maps outlay the data in an easy to navigate format. The scope is broad and includes information on topics such as student retention and ethnic gaps. In addition, the site includes links to information provided by the Educational Needs Index and access to the National Report Card on Higher Education. The focus is on the United States, but a chart comparing the educational attainment of individual states to those of other countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is available. Information for those interested in a membership in the NCHEMS is included.