The Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) examines studentsí education and work experiences after they complete a bachelorís degree, with a special emphasis on the experiences of new elementary and secondary teachers. Following several cohorts of students over time, B&B looks at bachelorís degree recipientsí workforce participation, income and debt repayment, and entry into and persistence through graduate school programs, among other indicators. It addresses several issues specifically related to teaching, including teacher preparation, entry into and persistence in the profession, and teacher career paths. B&B also gathers extensive information on bachelorís degree recipientsí undergraduate experience, demographic backgrounds, expectations regarding graduate study and work, and participation in community service.
Survey Design and Methodology
B&B draws its cohorts from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), which collects data from large, nationally representative samples of postsecondary students and institutions to examine how students pay for postsecondary education. B&B samples are representative of graduating seniors in all majors. The first B&B cohort (about 11,000 students) was drawn from the 1993 NPSAS and followed up with by survey in 1994, 1997, and 2003. The second B&B cohort (about 10,000 students) was drawn from the 2000 NPSAS and followed up with in 2001. The third B&B cohort was drawn from the 2008 NPSAS sample. This group of approximately 19,000 sample members was followed up with in 2009 and 2012. The students will be interviewed again in 2018. A new B&B cohort was drawn from the 2016 NPSAS and will be followed up with 1, 4, and 10 years later.