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B&B: Executive Summary  A Descriptive Summary of 1999-2000 Bachelor's Degree Recipients 1 Year Later
Profile of 1999-2000 Bachelor's Degree Recipients
The Institutional Path to a Bachelor's Degree
Time to Degree
Postbaccalaureate Activities
Research Methodology
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)

The number of bachelor’s degrees awarded annually has increased over the past few decades, reaching 1.2 million in 1999–2000 (U.S. Department of Education 2002).1 In addition, the length of time students took to complete a bachelor’s degree after high school completion increased from the 1970s to the early 1990s (McCormick and Horn 1996; Tinto 1993). Did this trend in the time between high school and bachelor’s degree completion continue throughout the 1990s? The 2000/01 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01), which surveys a nationally representative sample of undergraduates who completed a bachelor’s degree between July 1, 1999, and June 30, 2000, affords the opportunity to address this question.

This report provides a basic demographic profile of 1999–2000 bachelor’s degree recipients and examines the institutional paths they took to complete the baccalaureate. It also describes the amount of time it took them to do so, assessed from both the time they completed high school and the time they entered postsecondary education. Estimates of time to degree are also compared with those for 1992–93 bachelor’s degree recipients. A table compendium provides more detailed information about the demographic characteristics, undergraduate experiences, and current activities of these college graduates as of 2001.

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