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PEDAR: Research Methodology A Descriptive Summary of 1999-2000 Bachelor's Degree Recipients 1 Year Later
The 2001 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
Accuracy of Estimates
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Differences Between Means
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 The 2001 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study

The estimates and statistics reported in the tables and figures of this report are based on data from the 2001 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01), a spring 2001 follow-up of bachelor’s degree recipients from the 1999–2000 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. NPSAS:2000 is based on a nationally representative sample of all students in postsecondary education institutions, including undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional students. For NPSAS:2000, information was obtained from more than 900 postsecondary institutions on approximately 50,000 undergraduate, 9,000 graduate, and 3,000 first-professional students. They represented nearly 17 million undergraduates, 2.4 million graduate students, and 300,000 first-professional students who were enrolled at some time between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000. For B&B:2000/01, those members of the NPSAS:2000 sample who completed a bachelor’s degree between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000 were identified and contacted for a follow-up interview. The estimates in this report are based on the results of surveys with approximately 10,000 bachelor’s degree recipients, representing about 1.3 million bachelor’s degree completers from 1992–93.1The weighted overall response rate for the B&B:2000/01 interview was 74 percent, reflecting an institution response rate of 90 percent and a student response rate of 82 percent. (Because the B&B:2000/01 study includes a subsample of NPSAS:2000 nonrespondents, the overall study response rate is the product of the NPSAS:2000 institution-level response rate and the B&B:2000/01 student-level response rate.)

The B&B:2000/01 data provide a profile of the 1999–2000 cohort of college graduates, including degree recipients who have been enrolled sporadically over time as well as those who went to college right after completing high school. The data set contains comprehensive data on enrollment, attendance, and student demographic characteristics and provides a unique opportunity to understand the immediate transitions of college graduates into work, graduate school, or other endeavors.

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