College Navigator, a usful tool to compare institutions, consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It is a useful tool maintained by The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.