College persistence to second year 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.

What the data shows

For college students who first enrolled in a four year college, the rate was 89%-90% for the classes of 2013- 2017, and dipped to 86 percent for the class of 2018. This dip occurred during the pandemic, with a reduction of three percentage points of 4-year college students returning for their sophomore year in the fall of 2020.  Among students who first enrolled at a two year college, the lowest year for college persistence was the high school class of 2017, not the class of 2018. The statewide number of students from the high school class of 2018 who were in college for a second year was 6,577 or 8% fewer students than in 2013. 
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Definitions: This measures the number of students who remained enrolled (persisted) in post-secondary education from the first year to the second year, this includes students who remained enrolled at any post-secondary institution, not retention at the same institution. Shown only for classes which have completed the first two years after high school. 

Data Source: National Student Clearinghouse
Report run for Maine Department of Education

Footnotes: The year refers to the year of graduation from high school, so 2018 is high school students who graduated in 2018, did they enroll in a second year of college by August 2021.

Table from the National Clearinghouse report used: Count of Students Enrolled in College the First Year After High School Who Returned for a Second Year (Freshman to Sophomore Persistence) including
4-Year 1st Year and Enrolled Anywhere 2nd Year; and 2-Year 1st Year and Enrolled Anywhere 2nd Year.

Data uploaded June 2021.