Decline in First-Time Graduates Stunts Growth in Undergrad Credential Earners

February 17, 2021

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Title: Undergraduate Degree Earners

Source: National Student Clearinghouse

The National Student Clearinghouse released its annual report on undergraduate degree earners, profiling degree recipients in the 2019-20 academic year. Key insights include:

  • Growth in the total number of undergraduate credential earners stalled in 2020.
  • Disparities between first-time and non-first-time graduates widened during the pandemic.
  • Fewer first-time graduates earned an associate degree or certificate.

The report details additional differences in outcomes across first-time and non-first time graduates, as well as changes to demographic and credential compositions of earners since the 2012-13 academic year.

Appendices include charts on state-level and regional trends.

Click here to read the report.

Anna Marie Ramos

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