May Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals


The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the title to access the full article. This article summary is credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (April 2015 edition).

Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to Four-Year Completions (Teri Lyn Hinds)

In its most recent Snapshot Report, the National Student Clearinghouse reports on the percentage of students completing degrees at four-year institutions who were enrolled at two-year institution within the previous 10 years by state. Results reveal that in 14 states more than half of four-year degree recipients attended a two-year institution. Nearly 40% of graduates had attended a two-year institution 2-3 years prior to receiving their degree and over one-fifth of students were enrolled at a two-year institution for only a single term.

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation (Zhao Yang)

New data released from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that high school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013. The rate of increase outpaced the growth for all students in the nation, narrowing the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas for the past two years.  The overall U.S. high school graduation rate hit 81% in 2012-13, the highest level in history.  This trend will impact higher education enrollment and student demographics.

Stats In Brief: What is the Price of College? Total, Net, and Out-of-Pocket Prices by Type of Institution in 2011-12 (Christine Keller)

This US Department of Education publication describes college costs for students using three measures:  average total price of attendance, average net price of attendance after grants, and average out-of-pocket net price.  The national cost figures are provided for public 2-year and 4-year institutions as well as for-profit and private nonprofit 4-year institutions.  The information is based on the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12).


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