NEASC has designed the Documenting Student Success Forms (S-Series) for institutions to share data on measures of student success. One measure is the incidence of students pursuing higher learning after graduation.
Subsequent student enrollment and degree data was provided by the National Student Clearinghouse allowing the Office of Institutional Research and Planning to query and track post-secondary enrollment and graduation of our alumni.
The primary interest of our analysis was to better understand the percentage of graduates that continue their education at a higher level, the institutions our graduates are attending and the programs or academic disciplines graduates are enrolled in after graduation.
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As an example:
In 2009-10 (Summer 09, Fall 09, Spring 10) UMA awarded 598 students with an associate degree, bachelor's degree or certificate.
As of January 2014, 187 or 31% of the 598 graduates had enrolled at a higher education level and/or graduated with a higher degree/certificate than their UMA award.
319 of the 598 graduates earned a UMA bachelor's degree in 2009-10. As of January 2014, 54 or 17% had enrolled in and/or graduated with a graduate certificate, master's or doctoral degree. UMA graduates attended/graduated from the following institutions -
- University of Maine, 24% (13)
- University of Southern Maine, 11% (6)
- Non-University of Maine System Institutions, 72% (39)
In our analysis, a student who enrolled-in/graduated-from more than one institution (e.g., University of Maine and Thomas College) would be counted once in both University of Maine (UM) and 'Other' categories therefore, the total percentage may be greater than 100%.
Furthermore, 221 of the 598 graduates earned a UMA associate degree in 2009-10. 46% of associate degree graduates (101 of 221) continued their education at the bachelor's degree level with 96% continuing with UMA.
Additional reports including by academic program are available upon request.