The report finds that before September 2010:
- Two out of five (41%) public high school students in the class of 2004 completed at least one degree or certificate.
- At least another third enrolled at a college or university during this period, but did not complete a credential.
- About another quarter were not found in the National Student Clearinghouse database, suggesting they did not enroll in a collegiate institution during those six years.
“We need to ensure that we’re preparing our students for success from the very moment they step foot in our schools,” said Michael Meotti, BOR executive vice president. “That means identifying ways in which we can help them learn and be better able to adapt to the 21st century workforce. This will only be achieved through an intensive partnership between pre-K-12 and higher education.”
"Student success in the global economy is grounded in preparation,” said State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “This partnership reinforces our collective commitment to college and career readiness, regarding which we will remain unyielding in our pursuit."
The report also calls for directing attention to the third of students who enroll but don’t graduate within six years. Creating better ways to connect information about students across state agencies while maintaining individual privacy was also among the report’s conclusions. The report also recommended conducting additional research to understand better what factors make students more likely to enter college prepared and to complete degrees and certificates.
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) is a non-profit organization with a nationwide central repository of enrollment status and graduation data. NSC’s database includes institutions that enroll over 93% of all college students in the country.
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