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Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT) An NCES web application that is part of the IPEDS Peer Analysis System (PAS). The DCT allows users to quickly create a customized IPEDS dataset to meet their data needs.  
Degree An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.  
Degree/certificate-seeking students Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award. At the undergraduate level, this is intended to include students enrolled in vocational or occupational programs.   
Diploma  A formal document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed program of studies.  
Distance learning An option for earning course credit at off-campus locations via cable television, internet, satellite classes, videotapes, correspondence courses, or other means.  
Dividend earnings Distribution of earnings to shareholders that may be in the form of cash, stock, or property.  
Doctor’s degree The highest award a student can earn for graduate study. The doctor’s degree classification includes such degrees as Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Public Health, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in any field such as agronomy, food technology, education, engineering, public administration, ophthalmology, or radiology.  
Doctoral/Research Universities–Extensive (Carnegie) An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Doctoral/Research Universities–Extensive typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs , and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 disciplines. Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities–Intensive (Carnegie) An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Doctoral/Research Universities–Intensive typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs , and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded at least ten doctoral degrees per year across three or more disciplines, or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall. Carnegie Classification
Dual credit A program through which high school students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, taught at their high school, that fulfill high school graduation requirements and may earn the student college credits.   
Dual enrollment A program through which high school students may enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college in order to participate.