The College Progression by Graduating Class report shows how Michigan students are progressing in postsecondary education after high school graduation.
The data are important as Michigan seeks to increase the number of college- and career-ready high school graduates. The report helps people like counselors and administrators understand their graduates' college enrollment and persistence patterns and the typical length of time it takes to earn a certificate or degree.
The report includes enrollment and awards (certificates, 2-, and 4-year degrees) earned at in-state, out-of-state, and most private/independent colleges and universities. There are no graduate-level enrollment statuses or awards beyond 4-year degrees counted in this report.
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.
High school students are not included until they've earned their high school diploma. Notably, this means that those participating in dual enrollment or an Early/Middle College program will not be included as they are still enrolled in high school
For any given high school graduating class, the report displays a stacked status bar for each year that has elapsed (up to eight) after the high school graduation year. Each status bar shows the number and percent of students in the following postsecondary enrollment/credential statuses:
While students can potentially have several statuses within a school year, Earned Degree statuses take precedence, followed by continuing statuses.
The College Progression by Graduation Class has an accompanying data table which includes an additional item not reflected in the graph: Earned Award - Certificate or Degree (Subtotal). This highlighted row lets you see at a glance the number and percent of high school graduates who have earned a certificate or degree, including those who may be continuing their education.
You can view the data for the entire state or by intermediate school district, school district or public school academy, or individual high school.
Exploring the College Progression by Graduating Class report can answer questions like:
I'm a high school counselor. How did the class of 2010 perform after graduating from my high school?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the High School Graduation Year 2009-10. View Results. It will show you, for each year elapsed after the high school graduation year, a stacked bar chart categorized with the status of your class. Hover over each bar for details or scan the data table listed below the chart.
How many of my graduating class of 2010 earned a certificate or degree so far?
In the chart, from the prior example, the shades of green and blue are the statuses for earned awards and continuing after an award has been earned. You should see that these categories increase over time. You can also look in the data table at the light yellow shaded row Earned Award-Certificate or Degree (Subtotal) which is a summation of the indented Enrollment/Credential Statuses.
How can I see if certain demographics affect students’ progression in postsecondary education?
Select your high school under Edit Report/Find Location. Under Report Settings, choose the High School Graduation Year 2009-10. Choose a demographic of interest in Report Category – try Race/Ethnicity or College Progression. Click View Results. While there is no comparison functionality, downloading PDFs or using multiple tabs can be used to compare your demographics.
Can I find out more about the colleges my student attended or the types of degrees that they received?
If you have secure access, you can look to Student Pathways, under Data Files, that can tell you details about the colleges your students enrolled in and the awards granted to your graduating class.
I'd like to see how each graduating class from my high school compares over time? How can I most easily see this?
Because the stacked bar chart contains so much information, there is no side-by-side or trend functionality available at this time. You could download a PDF of each graduating class, select Download/Print once you’re viewing the report and download data for your selected location as a PDF, or you can go to the Navigation Bar on the left, select Other - Data Files - K-12 School Data File - your location - each graduation school year - College Progression by Graduation Class. Enter your email address, and click View Results to receive the data tables for that graduation class, and repeat as needed for other years. You can also download the one click PDF Student Pathways Aggregate under Postsecondary Outcomes by High School, which will list the most recent data for all graduating classes.
I'd like to compare my school's information to the statewide data and to ISD-wide data. How can I do that?
You can generate a PDF for each location and compare or download the Statewide Data For Report, which can be found by clicking on the Download/Print icon in the report header beside the Edit Report button.
The College Progression by Graduating Class report includes aggregates of Michigan public high school graduates and their postsecondary progression, populated by the institutions of higher education (IHEs) that report data to CEPI's Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) and/or the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) StudentTracker.
Public high school graduates who have exited high school and subsequently enrolled in college are included. The report is limited to following high school graduates into colleges that participate in either STARR or NSC StudentTracker, so there may be some unaccounted colleges and universities. Students simultaneously enrolled in high school and post-secondary courses (dual-enrolled or Early/Middle College students) will appear once they graduate high school. In the event the dual-enrolled student earns an award with accumulated credits the first year post-high school graduation, their enrollment status will equal the award or degree earned.
Students can only be reported in one enrollment status per school year, defaulting to earned awards statuses if the student chose to continue after earning an award, but then did not receive a higher award. For example, in Year 3 a student may be counted in the Earned Certificate group, and in Year 4 the Continuing After Certificate group. If in Year 5 the student is not continuing, that record will then revert back to the Earned Certificate group.
Michigan public colleges and some private colleges report enrollment and credential data to STARR, a collection agency within MSDS, in the summer; CEPI then receives data from NSC to capture student history from out-of state colleges and nonpublic Michigan colleges. Some of the early high school graduation years will not have as complete data as these were the pilot years for STARR. As the collection matures, the data grows more reliable.
The report was first published in summer 2015.
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.
School Year: There are two school years in this report: 1) The high school graduation year available in report settings or 2) the school years after the high school graduation year where Enrollment/Credential Status is measured.
First Year, First Time: The first year of a student's postsecondary enrollment after graduating from high school. Students who have previously been enrolled in a postsecondary institution are not included in this count.
Continuing in College: Students continuing their postsecondary education.
Earned Certificate: Students who have successfully earned a certificate.
Continuing After Certificate: Students continuing their postsecondary education after earning a certificate.
Earned 2-Year Degree: Students who have successfully completed a 2-year degree.
Continuing After 2-Year Degree: Students continuing their postsecondary education after completing a 2-year degree at a postsecondary institution.
Earned 4-Year Degree: Students who have successfully completed a 4-year degree.
No Longer Enrolled and No Award: A student who has previously been enrolled in a postsecondary institution but is no longer reported as enrolled, and did not receive a certificate or degree.
No Record of College Enrollment: A student who has never been reported as enrolled in a postsecondary institution.
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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