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2013 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

The 2013 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report is the ninth annual progress report designed to provide the Nebraska Legislature with comparative statistics to monitor and evaluate progress toward achieving three key priorities for Nebraska's postsecondary education system. These priorities are:

  1. Increase the number of students who enter postsecondary education in Nebraska;
  2. Increase the percentage of students who enroll and successfully complete a degree; and
  3. Reduce, eliminate and then reverse the net out-migration of Nebraskans with high levels of educational attainment.


This report is a comparative analysis that measures and evaluates performance in respect to each priority.



2013 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report (full report)  


Presentation given to Commissioners on March 14, 2013 for approved report

Report by section:

Priority 1: Increasing Postsecondary Enrollments

Total student headcounts and enrollments of first-time freshmen from fall 2003 to fall 2012.

Priority 2: Increasing College Retention and Graduation Rates

Freshmen retention rates and college graduation rates based on data collected by the Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which is maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

Priority 3: Reversing the Net Out-Migration of College-Educated Nebraskans

The Number of college-educated adults who recently migrated to Nebraska, compared to the estimated number who left the state.


  • Appendix 1: Nebraska College Enrollments

  • Appendix 2 and Appendix 3: Actual and Projected Numbers of Nebraska High School Graduates & Nebraska High School Graduation and Dropout Rates

  • Appendix 4: Nebraska Scores on ACT and SAT Student Assessments

  • Appendix 5: Nebraska College Continuation Rates

  • Appendix 6: Nebraska and Non-Nebraska, First-Time Freshmen Migration Data

  • Appendix 7: Nebraska First-Time Freshmen Enrollments by Race/Ethnicity

  • Appendix 8: Financial Aid Programs

  • Appendix 9: IPEDS Freshmen Retention Rates

  • Appendix 10: IPEDS College Graduation Rates

  • Appendix 11: IPEDS Transfer Rates

  • Appendix 12: 2013 National Student Clearing House report about completion and persistence rates

  • Appendix 13: Migration Data

Archived Reports


Note: Versions of the Progress Report prior to 2012 contain incorrect data due to reporting errors by several institutions. These errors have been corrected for the 2012 and 2013 editions. For this reason, please do not reference any reports prior to 2012. It is generally advised to reference the most recent edition. If you have any questions about the usability of previous editions, please contact the Coordinating Commission's Research Coordinator at 402-471-0031.

2012 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2011 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2010 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2009 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2008 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2007 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2005 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

2004 Baseline Report: Challenges and Opportunities for Nebraska