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 PSCED is a detailed classification of all educational levels in the Philippine educational system.
It aims to integrate the different coding schemes being used by various government agencies, education and research institutions, and international organizations. It also seeks to standardize and facilitate the compilation of the country's education statistics as basis for educational planning, manpower training, labor market studies and other related activities.