Data Sources for the Educational Pipeline Policy Alert
and State Supplements
(April 2004)


High School Graduation Rates

Calculation:
Public high school graduates in 2001-02 / public ninth grade enrollment in 1998-99

Sources:
Public high school graduates in 2001-02: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates from 1988 to 2018. Boulder, CO: 2004.

Public ninth grade enrollment in 1998-99: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). "Common Core of Data (CCD)": http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ (accessed Jan. 26, 2004).

College-Going Rates

Calculation:
First-time freshmen recently out of high school enrolled anywhere in the U.S. in fall 2002 / total high school graduates (public and private) in 2001-02

Sources:
First-time freshmen recently out of high school enrolled anywhere in the U.S. in fall 2002: NCES. "IPEDS Residency and Migration File 2002": http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ (accessed Jan. 26, 2004).
Public and private high school graduates in 2001-02: WICHE. Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates from 1988 to 2018. Boulder, CO: 2004.

First-Year Retention Rates

Calculation:
The percentages of first-time, full-time freshmen at two-year institutions and at four-year institutions in fall 2001 still enrolled in fall 2002

Source: ACT. "Institutional Data Questionnaire 2003." Unpublished analysis prepared for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education by ACT, Iowa City, Iowa, 2004.

Graduation Rates

Calculation:
The percentage of full-time, associate-degree-seeking students in fall 1999 that graduated within three years (by summer 2002) and the percentage of full-time, bachelor-degree-seeking students in fall 1996 that graduated within six years (by summer 2002). All data are for Title IV degree-granting institutions. The graduation rates are weighted by the percentage of first-time freshmen enrolled in each sector (two-year and four-year Title IV degree-granting institutions).

Sources:
Graduation rates: NCES. "IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey 2002": http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ (accessed Jan. 26, 2004).
Enrollment: NCES. "IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey 2002": http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ (accessed Jan. 26, 2004).


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