ERIC Number: ED591095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Postsecondary Enrollment before, during, and since the Great Recession. Population Characteristics. Current Population Reports. P20-580
Schmidt, Erik P.
US Census Bureau
Education is highly valued in the United States as a means to acquire skills and experience that allow individuals to realize greater earnings over the course of their working lives. The value placed on education is evidenced by the fact that 89 percent of people 25 years and older have completed high school, and 60 percent have studied beyond the high school level. The value placed on education is also seen in the increase in college enrollment over time, from 2.4 million students in 1955 to 19.1 million students in 2015. While enrollment has increased over the long run, enrollment has increased and decreased within this long-term increase. This report provides an overview of postsecondary enrollment during one of these periods, covering the years preceding and since the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, using data collected in the Current Population Survey (CPS). It examines the postsecondary enrollment of the adult population by demographic and social characteristics, such as age, sex, and race and Hispanic origin.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Enrollment, Economic Climate, Unemployment, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Age Differences, Two Year Colleges, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Asian American Students, African American Students, College Graduates, Dropouts, Enrollment Trends
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: US Census Bureau