PEDAR: Executive Summary  College Persistence on the Rise? Changes in 5-Year Degree Completion and Postsecondary Persistence Rates Between 1994 and 2000
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1The surveys included students in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. (return to text)

2Overall weighted response rates for these two studies are 91 and 86 percent, respectively (see appendix B for more information). (return to text)

3All differences noted in the report are statistically significant at the 0.05 level. (return to text)

4In the analysis comparing income levels between the BPS cohorts, “low income” is defined as family incomes that did not exceed 125 percent of established poverty levels. Poverty levels are calculated for families of different sizes. Dependent students are typically those under the age of 24 and are reported as dependents by their parents on financial aid applications. Dependent income levels are based on parents’ income the year before students enrolled. See appendix A for more details. (return to text)

5The combined rate of degree completion and persistence includes the small percentage of students enrolled in a less-than-4-year institution. For students who started in a 4-year college, being enrolled in a less-than-4-year institution would not be an indication of persisting toward a bachelor’s degree. (return to text)