Some of your MBA Lifecycle literature reference a 'fielding year.' What is a fielding year?
Fielding refers to the period of data collection for a market research study. The fielding year is the 12-month frame from which we designate a 'year' to approximate an academic year based on the intent of the higher education study.
The end date of the fielding year is what is most important. We select an end date in which a majority of MBA programs will have completed the data collection from their students. This allows us to deliver our benchmark reports (Program Roadmap & Market Trends Report) to the largest number of programs in the shortest amount of time after a program's individual survey has concluded.
Reference this article — blog: MBA Student Exit Survey Fielding Year Updated