Trends In Transitioning From High School To College

Career College Central summary:

  • A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center provides benchmarks for public high schools to compare their graduates’ college transition rates nationwide, including those serving low-income and minority students.
  • The High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates, which the center expects to release annually, includes a general breakdown according to demographics and type of postsecondary institution, including community colleges. The report notes that less than a third of all enrollments from higher-income, low-minority, urban high schools attended two-year institutions, compared to almost half (44 to 45 percent) of all first fall enrollments of graduates from low-income schools. On persistence, the report says that students who attended four-year institutions remained in school at higher rates than students who attended community colleges.
  • The report, which presents postsecondary outcomes for high school graduating classes from 2010 through 2012, is based on school-level demographic and geographic characteristics. It covers high schools graduating more than 2.3 million students over three years, or about a quarter of all U.S. high schools' graduates each year, from all 50 states.

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