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2005 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report for the LR75 Legislative Evaluation Task Force: Volume One

Table of Contents

Background, Summary, and Recommendations (161k PDF)

Introduction (16k PDF)

Section 1: Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment (374k PDF, Includes the following:)

  • Nebraska Public and Independent Colleges and Universities:
    • Total Enrollment
    • Enrollment by Sector
    • Enrollment by Institution
  • Nebraska Total Postsecondary Enrollment
  • Strategic Objectives to Increase Postsecondary Enrollment
  • 1.1 Increase the proportion of PK-12 students who graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and are adequately prepared to proceed through postsecondary degree completion.
  • 1.1.a Increase the proportion of students who graduate from Nebraska high schools.
    • Past and Present Trends in the Total Number of Nebraska
    • High School Graduates
    • The Proportion of Graduates from Public and Nonpublic
    • Nebraska High Schools
    • Projected Trends in the Total Number of Nebraska High School Graduates
    • Projected and Recent Changes in Nebraska High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity
    • Trends in the Nebraska State Four-Year High School Graduation Rates
    • Nebraska Four-Year Public High School Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity
    • Nebraska Four-Year Public High School Graduation Rates by Gender
    • Nebraska Public School Districts Selected for Further Analysis
    • Technical Note
  • 1.1.b Increase the proportion of Nebraska high school graduates who are adequately prepared to enroll in postsecondary education and proceed through degree completion.
    • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    • Introduction to the ACT Assessment and SAT I: Reasoning Test
    • Nebraska Participation Rates for the ACT Assessment and SAT I: Reasoning Test
    • Nebraska SAT I: Reasoning Test Scores
    • Nebraska ACT Composite Scores
    • Nebraska ACT Composite Scores by Race/Ethnicity
  • 1.1.c Increase the proportion of Nebraska high school graduates who enroll
  • in postsecondary education.
    • Nebraska College Continuation Rates
    • Percentages of Students Who Continue Their Education at Four-Year and Two-Year Degree-Granting Institutions
  • 1.2 The state’s postsecondary education system must more actively recruit Nebraska high school graduates in order to increase the proportion of these graduates who pursue their postsecondary education in Nebraska.
    • Changes in the Number of Nebraska-Resident First-Time Freshmen Enrolled at Degree-Granting Institutions by Length of Time Since High School Graduation
    • In-State and Out-of-State Enrollments of Nebraska-Resident First-Time Freshmen Who Graduated from High School within 12 Months of College Enrollment
    • In-State and Out-of-State Enrollments of Nebraska-Resident First-Time Freshmen Who Graduated from High School More than 12 Months Prior to College Enrollment
  • 1.3 The state’s postsecondary education system must more actively recruit non-Nebraska high school graduates in order to increase the number of such students who pursue postsecondary education in Nebraska.
    • Non-Nebraska First-Time Freshmen Who Attend Nebraska Colleges and Universities
    • Net Migration of Nebraska and Non-Nebraska First-Time Freshmen
  • 1.4 Increase the number and proportion of Nebraska postsecondary students who are currently underrepresented in the state’s higher education system.
    • Changes in the Numbers of First-Time Freshmen Enrolled at Nebraska Institutions
    • Racial/Ethnic Representation in Nebraska’s Postsecondary Education System in Fall 2004
    • A Comparison of the Representation of Racial/Ethnic Groups in Fall 2003 and Fall 2004
    • The Types of Institutions Most Frequently Attended by Each Racial/Ethnic Group
    • Representation of Racial/Ethnic Groups by Sector
  • 1.5 Increase need-based financial aid in order to improve access to higher education for Nebraskans with limited financial means.
    • The Nebraska State Grant Program and Other Sources of Title IV Financial Aid
    • The Nebraska State Grant Program as a Percentage of All Title IV Financial Aid
    • The Nebraska State Grant Program as a Percentage of Title IV Financial Aid Awarded at Nebraska Public Institutions
    • Number and Average Amount of Nebraska State Grants Awarded
    • Other Need-Based Financial Aid Programs
    • The Total Amount of Need-Based Aid Provided Through Nebraska Public Institutions

Section 2: Increasing College Retention and Graduation Rates (95k PDF, Includes the following:)

  • 2.1 The state’s postsecondary education system must work collaboratively with Nebraska’s PK-12 education system to improve the preparedness of students to undertake and successfully complete postsecondary education programs of study.
  • 2.2a The state’s postsecondary education system must more actively engage in student retention efforts and decrease the proportion of postsecondary education students who fail to persist beyond their first year(s) of enrollment.
    • Freshmen Retention Rates Reported to ACT, Inc.
    • Nebraska Freshmen Retention Beyond Same-School Rates
  • 2.2b The state’s postsecondary education system must also increase the proportion of students who complete associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees within defined time frames.
    • Nebraska College Graduation Rates
    • The Overall College Graduation Rate for Nebraska
    • College Graduation Rates by Sector and by Institution
    • College Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity
    • Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates Awarded in Nebraska
    • Total Number of Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates Awarded
    • Degrees and Awards by Sector
    • Degrees and Awards by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2.3 The state’s postsecondary education system must expand upon and strengthen existing associate degree to baccalaureate degree “2 plus 2” and other degree-credit transfer programs.
    • Introduction to Research on Academic Transfer Program Completion and Transfer Rates
    • Total Enrollment in Academic Transfer Programs
    • Completion Rates for Academic Transfer Programs
    • Transfer Rates to Four-Year Colleges
    • Total Transfer Rates to All Types of Programs and Institutions
    • Proposed Future Research

Section 3: Reversing the Net Out-Migration of College-Educated Nebraskans (28k PDF Includes the following:)

  • 3.1 The state’s postsecondary education system must identify needs of existing, new and relocating businesses.
  • 3.2 The state’s postsecondary education system must respond to identified business needs with instructional, research and service resources to support job creation and new employment opportunities for individuals with high levels of educational attainment.
    • Estimates of Net Migration in the Workforce - Reprinted from the 2004 Baseline Report

Section 4: Series of Baseline Comparison Tables (75k PDF Includes the following)

  • Nebraska College Enrollment
  • Numbers of Nebraska High School Graduates
  • Nebraska High School and College Readiness
  • Nebraska College Continuation Rate
  • Nebraska High School Graduates Pursuing Postsecondary Education in Nebraska
  • Non-Nebraska High School Graduates Pursuing Postsecondary Education in Nebraska
  • Minority Representation Among First-Time Freshmen at Nebraska Postsecondary Institutions
  • The Amount of Need-Based Aid Available to Nebraskans
  • Freshmen Retention Rates
  • Graduation Rates at Nebraska Colleges and Universities
  • Numbers of Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates Awarded by Nebraska Institutions
  • Nebraska Workforce Net Migration

Section 5: The NSC Pilot Research Project (112k PDF Includes the following:)

  • Data Available from the National Student Clearinghouse
  • Design of the NSC Pilot Research Project
  • Limitations of the NSC Pilot Research Project
  • Reported Findings of the NSC Pilot Research Project
  • Current Enrollment Rates and Patterns
  • One-Year Undergraduate Transfer Patterns
  • Transfer Rates for Nebraska and Out-of-State Students

Appendices

See Also Volume II