ERIC Number: ED484354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
What We Know about Community College Low-Income and Minority Student Outcomes: Descriptive Statistics from National Surveys
Bailey, Thomas; Jenkins, Davis; Leinbach, Timothy
Community College Research Center
This report summarizes the latest available national statistics on access and attainment by low income and minority community college students. The data come from the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) annual surveys of all postsecondary educational institutions and the NCES Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study 1996-2001 (BPS:96/01). This document discusses the following: (1) Trends in Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded by Race/Ethnicity; (2) Undergraduate Enrollment Patterns; and (3) Undergraduate Degree Completion and Transfer Rates. It was found that enrollment and outcome distributions in American postsecondary education are stratified by race/ethnicity, household income, and parents' level of education. Despite recent gains in postsecondary enrollment and degree attainment, African-Americans and Hispanics remain underrepresented in American undergraduate education and among undergraduate credential recipients. It was found that students in the lowest quartile and those whose parents did not attend college, are disproportionately represented in for-profit, two-year and less than two-year institutions and in certificate programs and occupational majors. (Contains 29 figures and 52 tables.) [Report prepared by the Community College Research Center.]
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.