First-Generation and Continuing-Generation College Students: A Comparison of High School and Postsecondary Experiences

By Jacob Martin

A brief analyzing the postsecondary experiences of first-generation and continuing-generation college students was recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  The report defined first-generation students as students whose parents both have had no postsecondary education experience and have a high school education or a lower level of educational attainment, and defined continuing-generation college students as students who have at least one parent who had some postsecondary education experience. Continue reading

Is It Really Cheaper to Start at a Community College? The Consequences of Inefficient Transfer for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor’s Degrees

By Casey Nguyen

In a recent study, researchers from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University discuss the trade-offs of attending a two-year college before transferring to a four-year college. Their research considered institutions’ sticker price (tuition and fees) and cost of attendance (total expenditures), students’ credit accumulation and failed credits and the diversionary effect which measures the probability of completion for students who attend community college. Continue reading

The Condition of Education 2017: Summaries of Postsecondary Education Data

By Jael Greene

The Condition of Education 2017 was recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This annual report summarizes the latest education data in the United States using a number of indicators in reporting postsecondary statistics, including undergraduate and post-baccalaureate enrollment, characteristics of students and institution graduation and retention rates. Continue reading

Varying Degrees: An In-Depth Look at How Americans View Higher Education

By Jael Greene

Just this month, New America released a report titled Varying Degrees: New America’s Annual Survey on Higher Education. In order to better understand some of the perceptions surrounding higher education and economic mobility, the report surveyed 1,600 Americans ages 18 and over. The results revealed that while there were differences across age, gender and socioeconomic status regarding the value and goals of higher education, there were also significant common themes among the participants’ responses. Continue reading

Examining the Debt Burden of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients

By Jael Greene

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a brief titled The Debt Burden of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients which examines a student’s accumulated postsecondary debt four years after completing his/her bachelor’s degree in 2007-08. The student debt data includes debt accrued through federal student loan programs and private student loans. Continue reading

How Many Students Earned Their First Undergraduate Degree in 2015-16?

By Rachel Fenton

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently published its annual Undergraduate Degree Earners ReportThe Clearinghouse collects graduation data from participating institutions that provides counts of first-time graduates and graduates with prior certificates or degrees by institutional sector, age group and gender.  Graduates are considered to be first-time graduates only if the award (certificate or degree) they received in the reporting year is their first postsecondary award from a U.S. Title IV degree-granting institution. Continue reading

Finding Value in Career Services, Mentorships, and Inclusive Experiences for College Graduates

By Jael Greene

Gallup recently released their third annual Gallup-Purdue Index Report, Great Jobs. Great Lives. The Value of Career Services, Inclusive Experiences and Mentorship for College Graduates. This report used a web-based survey of more than 11,000 college graduates in the United States in order to provide university leaders with information on campus career services, mentoring and internship programs, and racial and gender inclusivity on campus.  Continue reading

Completing College: A Look at National Student Attainment Rates

By Jael Greene

Recently, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released its fifth annual report on national college completion rates, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort.  This report focuses on six-year outcomes for students who began their postsecondary enrollment in the fall of 2010.  This cohort was larger than the previous fall 2009 cohort and included more adult learners, more part-time learners and more students enrolled in community colleges and for-profit institutions. Continue reading