Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Data Definitions - V

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VARIABLE
IPEDS

A fundamental unit of data contained in a file which is given a unique label.

VESTED RETIREMENT PLAN
IPEDS

One in which the full amount of the contribution by the institution and by the state and local government, with accumulations thereon, will be made available as a benefit in case of death while in service and with no forfeiture in case of resignation or dismissal from the institution.

VETERAN'S COUNSELING
CDS

Helps veterans and their dependents obtain benefits for their selected program and provides certifications to the Veteran's Administration. May also provide personal counseling on the transition from the military to a civilian life.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA) EDUCATION BENEFITS
IPEDS

Those benefits available to military personnel and their families for financial assistance at approved postsecondary education institutions. There can be three types of beneficiaries: Surviving spouses and children; Discharged veterans; and Active military personnel in special programs.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED
CDS

Any person whose sight loss is not correctable and is sufficiently severe as to adversely affect educational performance.

VOLUNTEER WORK (AS ADMISSION FACTOR)
CDS

Special consideration given to students for activity done on a volunteer basis (e.g., tutoring, hospital care, working with the elderly or disabled) as a service to the community or the public in general