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ERIC Number: ED502174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 239
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
Descriptive Summary of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: Three Years Later. NCES 2008-174
Berkner, Lutz; Choy, Susan
National Center for Education Statistics
This report provides a description of the student characteristics, persistence, and degree attainment of a nationally representative sample of students who began postsecondary education for the first time during the 2003-04 academic year. The report describes the background, academic preparation, and experience of these beginning students over 3 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 BPS survey is the longitudinal component of the 2003-04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04), a nationally representative sample that includes students enrolled in all types of postsecondary institutions. The BPS:04/06 cohort consists of students in the NPSAS:04 sample who were identified as having enrolled in postsecondary education for the first time during the 2003-04 academic year. These beginning students were initially interviewed in 2004, at the end of their first year in postsecondary education, and then interviewed again in 2006, some 3 years after they had started. The estimates presented in the report were produced using the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Analysis System (DAS), a web-based software application that enables users to specify and generate tables for most of the postsecondary surveys conducted by NCES. The DAS produces the design-adjusted standard errors necessary for testing the statistical significance of differences in the estimates. Two appendixes present: (1) Glossary; and (2) Technical Notes and Methodology. (Contains 79 tables, 11 figures, and 15 footnotes.) [The 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study was conducted by RTI International and MPR Associates for the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES).]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: ED513453; ED541249; ED544470