Students enrolling in two or four year college within 12 months of graduating high school

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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
The total number enrolling in a two-year or four-year college has declined by 12% or 820 students between 2009 and 2016. The percent beginning college has vacillated between 65% and 61%, with the most recent year 2016, having the lowest percent. The mix of two -year and four-year college choices has not changed much, with about 75% students choosing a 4 year college and 25% a two-year college.
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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 immediately following graduation. 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 Source: National Student Clearinghouse
Report run for Maine Department of Education  3/13/2017
Data for 2009 -2015 

Tables used:
Count of Students Enrolled in College at Any Time During the First Year After High School
Students Enrolled in College within 12 months of graduating high school
In 4-Year 1st Year
In 2-Year 1st Year
Total in 4-Year
Total in 2-Year 

Footnotes: In the past, Kids Count reported on survey data completed by graduating high school students about their plans for college after high school. This new indicator, with data from 2009 on, instead reports on actual enrollment in college. Data is 2009 -2015, where the last year refers to the  year the student graduated from high school.

Data uploaded: June 2018.