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

A Profile of the Enrollment Patterns and Demographic Characteristics of Undergraduates at For-Profit Institutions

By Betsy Prueter

A recent brief from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compares enrollment and demographic characteristics of students attending for-profit institutions to students attending Title IV institutions, both public and private non-profit (non-profit). In general, for-profit institutions enroll larger proportions of Black students, older students (over the age of 24), GED recipients and female students. 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

Is “Boomeranging” Correlated with Student Debt?

By Rachel Fenton

A recent paper by sociologists Jason N. Houle and Cody Warner examined the relationship between student debt and college students “boomeranging” (or returning to their parental home after living independently at college).  The researchers used federal longitudinal survey data representing a cohort of more than 5,000 young adults who were born in the early 1980s and attended college at a time of record levels of student debt. 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

Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students are Excluded from Top Public Universities

By Jael Greene

The Center for American Progress recently released a brief titled Closed Doors: Black and Latino Students are Excluded from Top Public Universities. This brief analyzed federal data and examined enrollment at three types of public colleges in the fall of 2014: top research universities, other four-year colleges, and community colleges. This data was used to determine that Black and Latino students are underrepresented at top public research universities. In the fall semester of 2014, 297,000 African American and Latino students were enrolled in top public research universities in the U.S. If these student populations were proportionately represented at these schools, there would be an additional 193,000 students of color receiving the same opportunities. Continue reading