Report tracks post-bachelor’s degree progress

A new study describes the enrollment and employment experiences of college graduates.

A new report reveals that 50 percent of students who began their careers in a four-year institution obtained their bachelor’s degrees in four years or less, compared to 25 percent of students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in four year or less when initially enrolling in a community college at the beginning of their post-secondary education.

The July 20 study from the National Center on Education Statistics describes the enrollment and employment experiences of a national sample of college graduates who completed a bachelor’s degree in the 2007-2008 academic year. Researchers concentrated on 2008-2009 period–the year after students graduated.

Eighteen percent of students who delayed their entry into post-secondary education, defined in the study as waiting 12 months or more after high school graduation before initial post-secondary enrollment, completed a bachelor’s degree in four years, compared to 47.6 percent of those who did not delay their entry.…Read More