First published in 1996. It gathers in one document the operating definitions, full names, short names, and proposed coding of data elements to be used in the education management information system (EMIS) of individual higher education institutions and of CHED itself. The manual is organized around data reference points or entities. It is a catalogue of data elements which a researcher can use to specify what data should be gathered about different entities.
The manual is designed to assist a university administrator, CHED official or researcher to specify precisely what he/she might need. It is designed to assist the computer programmers and statisticians understand what the manager might need or want.