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PEDAR: Research Methodology Gender Differences in Participation and Completion of Undergraduate Education and How They Have Changed Over Time
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
The Current Population Survey
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study
National Educational Longitudinal Study
Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
1995-96 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
1993/97 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
2000/01 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
Accuracy of Estimates
Item Response Rates
Data Analysis System
Statistical Procedures
Differences Between Means
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 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study

The Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) is based on a sample of students who enrolled in postsecondary education for the first time in a specific academic year.8 Two BPS surveys have been conducted thus far, one that followed students who first began their postsecondary education in 1989–90 (BPS:90/94) and a second followed students who began in 1995–96 (BPS:96/01). Unlike other NCES longitudinal surveys (such as the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988), which follow age-specific cohorts of secondary school students, the BPS sample includes nontraditional students who have delayed their postsecondary education due to financial need or family responsibilities, or other reasons. Students who began their postsecondary studies before the base year of the study, or who stopped out, and then returned to their studies in the base year were not included, nor were students who were still enrolled in high school. Eligible students for the BPS samples were identified from participants in the two corresponding National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies (NPSAS:90 and NPSAS:96).

A computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) was conducted with BPS students twice after the Base Year survey. The final follow-up survey for BPS:90/94 took place about 5 years after college entry (in 1994), while the final follow-up survey for BPS:96/01 took place 6 years after (in 2001). The CATI collected information concerning enrollment, program completion, education financing, employment, and family formation; graduate school access and enrollment; and civic participation.

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