ERIC Number: ED449874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-8
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Degree Completion in National Context. Working Paper.
Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.
The purpose of this working paper is to understand the extent to which competing methodologies for measuring degree completion affect the comparability of information presented, and to better position the Indiana State Commission for Higher Education to make comparisons with national data. This working paper compares seven national studies of degree completion, as measured by student cohort, second-year persistence, transfer rates, and measurement period, including an attempt to adjust the most recent Commission figures for "best comparability" with each. Of the six national studies with published degree completion rates, Indiana appears to outperform five of them, comparing Indiana to the nation as a whole. Nine suggestions are offered for modifying the way in which the Commission measures and/or reports degree completion and persistence in the next analysis cycle. The intent of these suggestions is to allow the next Commission's report on degree completion and persistence to be compared with national data. Following this discussion, Commission staff will prepare the next analysis with two primary objectives: (1) produce degree completion and persistence rate information which can be compared nationally and with as few explanatory caveats and possible, and (2) produce a reporting mechanism which can be reasonably replicated for trend analyses on Indiana public postsecondary education. Contains 19 references. (JJL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Demography, Educational Attainment, Higher Education, National Norms, Time to Degree, Undergraduate Study
Web site: http://chewww.che.state.in.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.