College starting within 12 months of graduating high school in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who gain a credential of an associates degree or a bachelor's degree have a higher likelihood of maintaining employment at a wage that will allow them to meet their economic needs.  Students who begin college immediately after high school graduation or within one year are more likely to graduate than those who start college later.

What the data shows
Between 2009 -2019 the overall percent of high school students who enrolled in either a two-year college or a four-year college within one year of graduation was very stable- between 63% and 66%. For students graduating high school during the pandemic in June 2020, early data collected as of March 2021 showed a marked drop of 6 percentage points for college enrollment. Just 57% of 2020 high school graduates enrolled in college. Similarly, for 4 year college enrollment, it was 44% for 2020 high school graduates, compared to 47-49% for the years 2009-2019, and 13% for 2-year colleges, down from 15-17% for 2009-2019.
The 7,062 students who enrolled after graduating high school in June 2020 was a drop of 1,120 students from the previous year, or 14%.
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Definitions: This measures the number  and percentage of students who  enrolled in a two- or four-year post-secondary institution in the academic year within 12 months following high school graduation. 

Data Source: National Student Clearinghouse
Report run for Maine Department of Education: 02/16/2021
Students Enrolled in College at Any Time During the First Year After High School
Includes: total enrolled, In 4-yr and In 2-yr.  The out-of-state enrollment in Maine Colleges is not included.

Footnotes: The first year after high school includes any enrollment that occurs between August 15 of the graduation year and August 14 of the following year. Shown only for classes which have completed the first year after high school.

Data uploaded: June 2021.