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Closing the College Participation Gap

Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2010; Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2010; and Graduation Rates, Selected Cohorts, 2002-07 First Look - This report presents findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2011 data collection. This collection includes student financial aid for the 2009-10 academic year; enrollments for fall 2010; graduation rates; and finance for fiscal year 2010, such as revenues and operating expenditures. Particularly noteworthy is Table 3 on in-migration/out-migration of college students by state. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 2012)...

The Road Less Traveled? Students Who Enroll in Multiple Institutions - Fifty-nine percent of students who earned a bachelor's degree during the 1999-2000 school year attended more than one college, a trend that is expected to continue. According to the authors, complications with credit transfer or differing course requirements, as well as gaps between enrollment from one institution to the next, elongate the amount of time it takes these students to complete a four-year degree. Demographic data and an explanation of the reasons why students switch colleges or universities also are included. (Katharin Peter, Emily Forrest Cataldi and C. Dennis Carroll, National Center for Education Statistics, May 2005)...

School Enrollment: 2000 - This brief contains demographic information pertaining to the school enrollment status of the U.S. population over the age of three. Statistics on enrollment and dropout status are disaggregated by age, sex, race, ethnicity and geographical distribution. More than one-fourth of the U.S. population attended school in spring 2000, according to this brief and although boys outnumber girls 51% to 49% in elementary and high school, female students outnumber male students 54% to 46% at the college level. The Census Bureau also found that during the 1990s the overall high school dropout rate fell from 11.2% to 9.8%, though the number of Hispanics who did not complete high school increased by 52%. The brief also includes a chart that illustrates high school dropout rates by county. (Jennifer Cheeseman Day, U.S. Census Bureau, August 2003)...

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