Access and Persistence: Findings from 10 Years of Longitudinal Research on Students
In order to help paint a national picture, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) launched a series of longitudinal studies more than a decade ago to track students’ movements into and through the postsecondary education system. This report summarises key findings of research conducted using surveys. (detailed descriptions of the surveys and the full text of all NCES-sponsored studies can be downloaded from the NCES website at http://nces.ed.gov). < Back
This report begins with a brief profile of students at four-year institutions to set a context for the exploration of issues related to access and persistence. The findings described in this report focus on undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities, although they also reference bachelor’s degree seekers who start at community colleges.