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 College Enrollment by High School report can answer questions like:
How soon after graduating did students from my high school enroll in college?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the High School Graduation Year; College Type – College Type (All); Time to Enrollment – All Years; and Report Category (All). The report will show students enrolled within 6, 12, 16, 24, 36, and 48 months of high school graduation. (More recent years may not have data for all Times to Enrollment.)
Is there a difference in enrollment patterns between community colleges and universities?
Go to Edit Report, and under Find Location choose Statewide. Under Report Settings, choose a High School Graduation Year); College Type – College Type (All by Category); Time to Enrollment – All Years; and under Report Category choose Report Category (All).
Has college enrollment been increasing for students from my high school?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the most recent High School Graduation Year. College Type – College Type (All); Time to Enrollment – All Years; and under Report Category choose Report Category (All). When your report renders, click Trend in the gray view bar at the top.
Is race or gender a factor in college enrollment?
Go to Edit Report, and under Find Location choose Statewide. Under Report Settings choose College Type – Any College Type and under Report Category choose either Race/Ethnicity or Gender. Then further refine your race or ethnicity or gender selection.
How does my district's graduates compare to graduates at other districts?
Select your district under Edit Report/Find Location. Select Keyword Search within Add Comparison Location. Edit your Report Settings and not two sets of entities in the charts and data tables.
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 are presented for a given time frame category, more than likely it's because the time frame has not yet elapsed since the graduation year. For example, 0-48 month enrollments will not show up for the 2010-11 graduation year until 2014-15, 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 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 university and community college at the same time.
Not every instance of college enrollment is counted in this report. For example, those students participating in dual enrollment or Early/Middle College programs have not yet graduated high school and are not included in this report. Only once a student earns their high school diploma does the report follow these high school graduates into postsecondary enrollment.
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.
High school graduates identified in the Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) are matched against Michigan’s Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) Collection, a collection agency within the MSDS, and national college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) StudentTracker to create this report. Michigan acquires NSC StudentTracker 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 StudentTracker 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, college enrollment data for the high school class of 2009-10 were first captured in the 2011-12 college school year, and were included beginning in CEPI’s 2012 report updates.
The report is updated annually in the fall and winter. The ‘within 6 months of graduation’ timeframe is first updated in December/January for the current year’s high school graduation class from data provided by National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) StudentTracker. These metrics are subject to change once the ‘within 12 months’ timeframe due to incorporating the next year’s worth of STARR data. 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.
You may notice that other college enrollment numbers might not align across reports on MI School Data. This is because these data were updated at different times. The numbers best reflect what was available at the time of the run of the report. Historical data for College Enrollment Destination was run in late 2016, College Progression by High School was run in late 2015, and College Enrollment by High School in late 2014.
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.
Year: The high school graduation year.
Type: You can select from community
colleges, 4 year colleges and universities, or all college types.
Enrolling within # Months of Graduation: The number of months (0-6, 0-12, 0-16, 0-24, 0-36, 0-48)
after high school graduation within a student enrolled in a college or
Subgroup: The selected
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 Enrolled in College: The total number of high school graduates enrolled in a
college or university that submits data to either STARR or NSC.
% of H.S. Graduates Enrolled in College: The total percentage of high school graduates enrolled in a
college or university that submits data to either STARR or NSC.
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
who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The definition and
guidelines come from the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Students: A student whose family has
moved within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work in
agriculture or fishing.
With Disabilities: Students
with one or more specific impairments that require special education or related
services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
<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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