COVID-19: Stay Informed

COVID-19: Stay Informed

Recognizing the urgency of COVID-19’s impact on students and institutions, the Research Center’s Stay Informed series tracks outstanding college enrollment trends in near real-time during the COVID-19 era.

Persistence and Retention – 2021 Appendix (XLSX)

Persistence and Retention – 2021 Appendix (XLSX) The Persistence and Retention report series examines first-year persistence and retention rates for beginning postsecondary...
Completing College

Completing College

The Completing College report series provides a comprehensive overview of postsecondary completion trends nationally and by state. For all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, it examines the diverse pathways the student traversed toward completion, as well as a degree or certificate completion rate within six and eight years of enrolling.

Some College, No Degree – 2019

Some College, No Degree – 2019

This report offers insights about students’ subsequent enrollments and completions, based on the most current national data that tracks individual students over time and across institutions and across state lines since the first Some College, No Degree report was released in 2014.

Tracking Transfer

Tracking Transfer

The 2021 update shows that of those who began postsecondary education at a community college in fall 2014, lower-income students were half as likely as their higher-income peers to have transferred to a four-year institution (24% vs. 40%) and to have attained a bachelor’s degree (10% vs. 21%) within six years of first entry.

COVID-19: Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

COVID-19: Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

On August 31, 2021, the Research Center issued a comprehensive annual report, revealing that American colleges lost nearly 200,000 transfer students in the first full year of the pandemic. Our special journalist’s report, “Bucking the Trend: How Some Institutions Grew Their Transfer Enrollment Amid a Pandemic” offers insights into how some colleges were able to grow their transfer enrollment in 2020-2021 even as numbers were declining nationally.

Undergraduate Degree Earners – 2021 (PDF)

Undergraduate Degree Earners – 2021 (PDF) The total number of undergraduate credential earners in 2019-20 remained the same as the prior year, halting its steady annual rise for the first time since 2012-13 when tracking started. While graduates with prior awards...

Persistence and Retention – 2020 (PDF)

Persistence and Retention - 2020 (PDF) Seventy-six percent of first-time freshmen in fall 2018 returned to college for their second year. This rate represents the third straight year of little improvement in this important early success...

Completing College – State & National – 2020 (PDF)

Completing College – State & National – 2020 (PDF) This is the ninth report in the Completing College report series, featuring the six-year college completion outcomes for the fall 2014 entering cohort, the eight-year outcomes for the fall 2012 entering cohort,...

Yearly Success and Progress Rates – 2021 (PDF)

Yearly Success and Progress Rates - 2021 (PDF) The Yearly Success and Progress Rates report goes beyond traditional student outcome measures by showing year-by-year rates of retention, persistence, transfer, completion, and stop-out. The report is designed to help...

Persistence and Retention – 2021 (PDF)

Persistence and Retention - 2021 (PDF) Seventy-four percent of first-time freshmen in fall 2019 returned to college for their second year. This rate represents a pandemic-related, unprecedented one-year drop of two percentage points in this important early student...

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