Postsecondary enrollment status of high school graduates by institution and by race/ethnicity (state-level) in Washington

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Why This Indicator Matters

Disaggregated data is presented to provide a preliminary understanding of disparities by race and ethnicity. On its own, this data tells a limited story about the populations it represents. We encourage users of this data to engage with communities of color to develop a more accurate and meaningful understanding than these data allow. 
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Definitions: Percentage of high school graduates in Washington state that enroll in a postsecondary institution at some point during the following academic year, starting with 2005.  If a student enrolls in a 2-year college and a 4-year college in the same academic year they would only be counted could be counted for the 4-year college. 

Data Source: Education and Research Data Center (ERDC) High School Feedback Reports, Table 2.  Data retrieved on May 19, 2015 from

Footnotes: Data last updated in May 2015 by Washington KIDS COUNT. 

Postsecondary enrollment data for 2-year colleges includes both public and private colleges in Washington state and out-of-state.  Enrollment data for Washington public 2-year colleges comes from the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).  Data for private 2-year colleges and out-of-state 2-year colleges comes from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).  Enrollment data for 4-year colleges includes both public and private colleges in Washington state and out-of-state.  Washington public 4-year enrollment data was gathered from the Public Centralized Higher Education Enrollment System (PCHEES), managed by the Office of Financial Management.  Enrollment data for Washington private and out-of-state institutions was provided by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), which captures 92 percent of all postsecondary enrollment nationwide.

For more information about the methodology used by ERDC, take a look at their technical appendix here: