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FACT SHEETS

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education is dedicated to providing policymakers and practitioners with useful information and resources in a user-friendly and accessible format. Thus, we will provide developed fact sheets on several subjects related to our mission of improving educational opportunity. Please visit our site occasionally to check for new fact sheets and updates to current postings.

  • 6-Year Degree Attainment Rates for Students Enrolled in a Post-Secondary Institution (.pdf)

    There are many positive outcomes associated with graduating from college, including higher income and rates of employment. This fact sheet examines the 6-year degree attainment rates for students that enrolled in any postsecondary institution in Fall 2003.

  • 6-Year Degree Attainment Rates for Students Intially Enrolled in 4-Year Institutions (.pdf)

    There are many positive outcomes associated with graduating from college, including higher income and rates of employment. This fact sheet examines the 6-year degree attainment rates for students that initially enrolled in a 4-year postsecondary institution in Fall 2003.

  • College Representation (.pdf)

    In the fall of 2008, almost 17 million students were undergraduates at Title IV degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States1. The data in this fact sheet is taken from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2009 compendium tables, and the percentages are expressed as the percent of the total number of undergraduate students. Low-income on this fact sheet means the percentage of students receiving Pell grants for the 2008-2009 school year.

  • High School Dropouts (.pdf)

    High school dropouts make up approximately 8% of non-institutionalized, civilian 16-to 24-year-olds living in the United States. Additionally, roughly 3.5% of high school students drop out of school annually. As we know, there are many negative outcomes associated with dropping out of school, including lower income, higher unemployment, and poorer health. This fact sheet examines national status dropout rates and event dropout rates from 2008.

  • High School Status Completion (.pdf)

    89.9% of 18-to 24-year-olds not in high school had received a high school diploma or equivalent credential in 2008, and many positive benefits have been associated with high school completion including higher income, higher employment, and better health than individuals who dropout of high school. The data in this fact sheet is reported in terms of the status completion rate and the averaged freshman graduation rate from 2008. The status completion rate shows the percentage of individuals in a given age range who are not in high school and have earned a high school diploma or alternative credential (i.e. a GED), irrespective of when that credential was earned. The rate is calculated using Current Population Survey (CPS) data.

  • Mathematics and Science Test Gaps (.pdf)

    Data is reported as percentages based on proficiency in the subject. Low-income on this data sheet means students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program.1 Both math and science data are from 2009 National Center for Education Statistics assessments.

  • Reading and Writing Test Gaps (.pdf)

    Data is reported as percentages based on proficiency in the subject. Low-income on this data sheet means students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Reading data is from 2009 National Center for Education Statistics assessments and writing data is from 2002 and 2007.