The College Enrollment by High School report shows the number of Michigan public high school graduates who enrolled in a college or university.
The data are important because education beyond high school helps secure high-quality employment in a competitive, rapidly changing job market.
The report displays the information by high school graduation year. It tells us, for the entire state or by high school, district, or intermediate school district, how many Michigan students are going on to college, whether they are first enrolling in two-year or four-year institutions, and how soon they enroll after graduating from high school.
The report also lets you explore whether different variables such as gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are factors in college enrollment. You can view actual numbers as well as percentages, and also see year-to-year enrollment trends.
Exploring the 24 College Credits report can answer questions like:
In the College Enrollment by High School report, the number of months to enrollment is cumulative. That is, students who enroll in college within 6 months of graduation will be reflected in all subsequent month categories (0-6, 0-12, 0-16, 0-24, 0-36 and 0-48 months).
When no data is presented for a given time frame category, more than likely it's because the time frame has not yet elapsed since the graduation year. That is, 0-48 month enrollments will not show up for the 2011 graduation year until 2015, after 48 months have elapsed.
Students may have enrolled in more than one college in the four years after graduating high school, but they are counted only once, for a either a community college or a university, as of the time they enroll. Students are counted for their first college enrollment, favoring the university if a student happened to enroll at a community college at the same time.
Students who did not earn a diploma from high school and did enroll in college are not included in the report.
Demographic categories (gender, race and ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, homeless, migrant students, and student with disabilities) are based on the student’s high school record.
Michigan data are matched against its own Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) and national college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to create this report. Michigan acquires NSC student-level records by a matching process which includes the first name, middle name, last name, suffix, and date of birth. If a student’s name or date of birth in the NSC database doesn’t exactly match the state’s graduation record, a match may not be made. Another limitation is that most, but not all, colleges and universities provide data to NSC. Both situations can result in lower enrollment totals.
The data are collected from high schools after the high school year closes, and are matched against college enrollments after at least 6 months have elapsed. For example, the high school class of 2009-10 will be captured in the 2011-12 college school year, and reflected beginning in CEPI’s 2012 report updates. The report will be updated annually in the 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, counting the first school a student enrolled in. Because of this, if you generated a report before fall 2014, it may not match reports generated after.
For example: before the fall 2014 update, a student who enrolled in a community college within 6 months of graduating high school, and also enrolled in a 4-year university within 12 months of graduating high school, would only have counted in the 4-year university. Now, both enrollments are reflected in the data. Before this change, community college enrollment by high school looked much lower given the favor granted to 4-year universities.
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collected the data used to compile this report. The databases used include:
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