Posted by: Gregory Linton | 12/13/2018

The National Center for Education Statistics releases graduation rates and other statistics

On December 4, the National Center for Education Statistics published a “First Look” at provisional data collected by IPEDS during winter 2017-2018. The report focuses on five survey components: graduation rates, 200 percent graduation rates, student financial aid, admissions, and outcome measure. Here is a list of some of the interesting findings regarding graduation rates:

  • 60.4% of full-time, first-time students at 4-year institutions in 2011 who were seeking a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree complete the degree within 6 years at the institution where they began their studies.
  • The 6-year graduation rate was 66.4% for private nonprofit institutions and 59.7% for public institutions.
  • The same rate for all institutions was 63.0% for women and 57.3% for men.
  • The graduation rate varies significantly among racial/ethnicity groups (listed from highest to lowest for private institutions): Asian (79.8%), White (69.7%), Two or more races (66.4%), Hispanic or Latino (62.8%), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (52.3%), American Indian or Alaskan Native (46.0%), Black or African American (43.9%).

The gender gap is wider among some racial/ethnic groups than others, as the following table shows concerning private nonprofit institutions:

Race/Ethnicity Women Men
Overall 69.1% 63.1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 47.6% 44.0%
Asian 81.4% 77.7%
Black or African American 48.9% 37.5%
Hispanic or Latino 65.3% 59.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 55.5% 48.3%
White 72.2% 66.7%
Two or more races 69.0% 62.7%

 

Here are a few interesting findings about student financial aid for first-time, full-time undergraduates enrolled at 4-year private nonprofit institutions in academic year 2016-17:

  • 89.5% received some form of financial aid.
  • 82.2% received institutional grants; 58.2% received federal loans.
  • The average institutional grant at 4-year private nonprofit institutions was $19,766.
  • The average cost at 4-year private nonprofit institutions was $40,552, and the average net price was $22,750.

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