College persistence to second year

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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

While the numbers of students who remain in school are fewer, the percentage is virtually unchanged. This is because there are fewer students graduating high school.

For four-year colleges this has varied between 83% and 84% and for two year colleges it has varied between 64% and 66%.
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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. The year refers to the year og graduation from college, not from high school.

Data Source: National Student Clearinghouse
Report run for Maine Department of Education
3/13/2017

Footnotes: Tables 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)
In 4-Year 1st Year
Enrolled Anywhere 2nd Year

In 2-Year 1st Year
Enrolled Anywhere 2nd Year

Data is available for 2009 -2015. Data uploaded May 2018.