The 24 College Credits report shows how long it's taking for Michigan public high school graduates to accumulate 24 credits in college.
The data can give insights on whether our high school graduates are on track to earn a timely college degree, and how well students are persisting and progressing toward their college goals.
In general, full-time students can earn around 12 credits per semester, or 24 in a year. How quickly they accumulate the credits needed for a degree can be an indicator of preparedness for college. Preparedness could mean academic readiness, but could also include factors like financial and social readiness and personal goals.
You can explore by entity (high school, district, intermediate school district or ISD, and statewide), by two- and four-year colleges types, by the amount of time it takes to accumulate 24 credits, and by different demographic factors such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
You can view total counts as well as percentages. You can also see how credit accumulation has been trending since the 2007-08 high school year.
Exploring the 24 College Credits report can answer questions like:
What percentage of the graduates from my local high school earned 24 credits within two years of enrolling in college?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the High School Graduation Year; College Type - Any College Type; Time to Complete 24 Credits - All Years; and All Students. When your report is displayed, click on Percentage in the view bar at the top. The report will show the percent of college enrolled students from your high school who accumulated 24 credits within 12, 16, 24, 36, and 48 months of high school graduation (if that amount of time has elapsed since the graduation year).
How does my high school compare to the statewide average in earning 24 credits within two years of enrolling in college?
Under Find Location choose Statewide. Click on Add Comparison and select your local high school. Under Report Settings, choose College Type - Any College Type; Time to Complete 24 Credits - 0-24 Months; and under Report Category choose All Students. Select Percent view when your report appears. You may also want to take a look at Trend view.
Does the time it takes to earn 24 credits differ by gender?
Go to Edit Report, and under Find Location choose Statewide. Under Report Settings, choose College Type - Any College Type; Time to Complete 24 Credits - All Years; and under Report Category choose Gender/All Genders.
The 24 College Credits report includes only Michigan public high school graduates earning at least 24 college credits at any Institution of Higher Education (IHE) that reports to either Student Transcript Academic Record Repository (STARR) or National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) StudentTracker.
This report calculates metrics recommended by the National Governor’s Association in the Common College Metrics report, which suggests students earning 24 credits within their first academic year demonstrates progress. Therefore, 24 credits is considered one year’s worth of college credit.
Because NSC StudentTracker does not provide credits in its report, Michigan uses the federal-approved formula that considers any students who meet any of the following criteria as having one year of college credit: enrolled full-time for 28 weeks, enrolled half-time for 56 weeks, enrolled less-than-half-time for 112 weeks, or any equivalent combination.
All public high school graduates who have enrolled into college are included, except for dual-enrolled high school students. These students haven't yet graduated from high school, so they'll be included in the report under the year they graduate. Any credits students earn while dual-enrolled will be factored in to whether the student earned 24 credits.
Demographic categories are based on high school status; that is, if a student was reported as economically disadvantaged or of a certain ethnicity while in high school, that's what is reflected in this data set.
When calculating months to earn 24 credits, the starting month is when the student graduates from high school. If you don't see data for the 0-36 or 0-48 month categories, more than likely it's because the time frame hasn't elapsed since the graduation year. That is, 0-48 month data will not show up for the 2011 graduation year until 2015, after 48 months have elapsed.
To protect the privacy of individual students, CEPI uses data suppression rules. Whenever report settings would yield fewer than 10 students, less than 5 percent, or over 95 percent in any grouping, the data will be masked with <10, <5%, or >95% if you do not have secure access.
The data are collected in summer, and the report is updated each fall.
These data were first posted in the fall of 2012. In the October 2013 update cycle, we refined how enrollments are calculated to more closely align with other postsecondary MI School Data reports. CEPI also refined rules in fall 2014, to include credits earned while a student was dual-enrolled. (For example: before the fall 2014 update, college credit earned by students who were still attending high school would not be counted.) Because of this, if you generated a report before fall 2014, it may not match reports generated after.
Location: You can select and compare data at different entity levels: statewide, by intermediate school district (ISD), by school district, and by individual schools which include all local education agency (LEA) and public school academy (PSA) schools.
School Year: The high school graduation year.
College Type: You can select from community colleges, 4 year colleges and universities, or all college types.
Time to Complete 24 Credits: The number of months (0-6, 0-12, 0-16, 0-24, 0-36, 0-48) after high school graduation within a student earned 24 credits in college.
Subgroup: The selected demographic category.
Total H.S. Graduates: The total number of public high school graduates who received a diploma during the high school graduation year.
H.S. Graduates Completing 24 Credits: The total number of high school graduates who completed 24 credits in a college or university.
% of H.S. Graduates Completing 24 Credits: The total percentage of high school graduates who completed 24 credits in a college or university.
Economically Disadvantaged: Economically Disadvantaged (ED) Students are those who have been determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals via locally gathered and approved family applications under the National School Lunch program, are in households receiving food (SNAP) or cash (TANF) assistance, are homeless, are migrant, or are in foster care. When any of these conditions are present, a student is considered ED.
English Language Learners: Limited English Proficient (LEP) students who speak a language other than English as their primary language and who have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English.
Homeless: Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The definition and guidelines come from the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Migrant Students: A student whose family has moved within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work in agriculture or fishing.
Students With Disabilities: Students with one or more specific impairments that require special education or related services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
<10, <5%, >95%: These labels are used in place of the actual data when there is a risk of identifying an individual student (unless you have logged in as a secure user).
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collected the data used to complete this report. The databases used include:
The Statewide Data for Report file provides data for the most recent year. To access data for previous
years at the statewide level please use the School Data File.
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