A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers a look at persistence rates of students who entered college during the 2011-12 academic year by examining their status three years later.
We will take a look at racial differences in the persistence rates of entering college students. Three years after entering college in the 2011-12 academic year, 13.2 percent of African Americans had earned a certificate or an associate’s degree by the spring of 2014. For White Americans, 13.8 had earned such a credential. Some 1.6 percent of White Americans and 1.2 percent of African Americans who entered college in 2011-12 had earned a bachelor’s degree within three years.
After three years, 30.2 percent of African Americans remained enrolled at a four-year educational institution and 15.3 percent were still enrolled in a less-than-four-year institution. For Whites, 43.5 percent were still enrolled in a four-year institution and 13.5 percent were enrolled in a less-than-four-year institution. More than 40 percent of all African Americans who enrolled in higher education in the 2011-12 academic year were no longer enrolled in higher education in 2014 and had not earned a degree or certificate of any kind. For Whites, 27.7 percent were no longer enrolled.
The report, Persistence and Attainment of 2011–12 First-Time Postsecondary Students After 3 Years, may be downloaded by clicking here.