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ERIC Number: ED497838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 69
Abstractor: ERIC
Persistence and Attainment of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After Three Years. First Look. NCES 2007-169
Berkner, Lutz; He, Shirley; Mason, Marcinda; Wheeless, Sara
National Center for Education Statistics
This report provides a description of the degree attainment and persistence of a nationally representative sample of students who began postsecondary education for the first time in the 2003-2004 academic year. The report provides a first look at the experience of these students over three academic years, from July 2003 to June 2006, and provides information about rates of program completion, transfer, and attrition for students who first enrolled at various types of postsecondary institutions using data from the 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/06). The tables in this report present information about beginning student enrollment and program completion from two different perspectives. The first is from the perspective of the student, looking at beginning enrollment history and degree attainment at any postsecondary institution over the 3-year period of the report. The second is from the perspective of the first institution attended. The difference between perspectives reflects the fact that many students transfer out of the first institution attended. When beginning students leave the institution where they first enrolled and then enroll at a different institution, they continue to persist in postsecondary education, but from the perspective of the institution where they started, they have no longer been retained. The document includes two appendixes: (A) Glossary; and (B) BPS:04/06 Technical Notes and Methodology. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes