The Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) examines students' education and work experiences after they complete a bachelor's degree, with a special emphasis on the experiences of new elementary and secondary teachers.
Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Features
- Nationally representative longitudinal study of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree in a given academic year
- Follows graduating seniors 1, 4, and 10 years after completing their bachelor's degree
- Special emphasis on new elementary and secondary teachers
- The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) serves as the base year for each cohort
- Four cohorts have been followed. Students in the most recent cohort completed their bachelor's degree in 2015–16 and were followed in 2017 and 2020. Data are currently being processed from the 2020 follow up
- Data from the 10–year follow up of the 2007–08 cohort was released in August 2021
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- January 2021: New report available providing data on the outcomes of 2007–08 bachelor's degree recipients in 2018, about 10 years after graduation. Outcomes include financial well-being, student loan borrowing and repayment, postbaccalaureate enrollment, employment history, earnings, job characteristics, and teaching status. For more information, go to:
- July 2020: Web tables available providing data on the outcomes of 2015–16 bachelor's degree recipients 1 year after graduation. Outcomes include undergraduate enrollment experiences, postbaccalaureate enrollment, characteristics of first postbaccalaureate job, financial wellbeing, and student loan debt and repayment. For more information, go to:
Related Longitudinal Studies
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) is a study of financial aid that NCES has conducted since 1987. The study collects comprehensive data about how students and their families pay for postsecondary education and also serves as the foundation and base year cohort for the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) and Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B).
The Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) tracks first-time students' pathways through postsecondary education over the course of six years, focusing on persistence and degree attainment, transition to employment, and school and work experiences. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) administrations in 1990, 1996, 2004, 2012, and 2020 (forthcoming) identified the BPS cohorts.
The Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) follows bachelor's degree recipients over the course of 10 years, collecting data on workforce participation, income and debt repayment, and graduate school patterns. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) administrations in 1993, 2000, 2008, and 2016 identified the B&B cohorts.
NCES collects transcript data from postsecondary institutions for various longitudinal studies, including the Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) and Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) longitudinal studies. Postsecondary Education Transcript Study (PETS) collections allow further examination of course-taking patterns, credit transfer, student momentum and attrition, and the connections among students' education choices, occupations, and wages. Transcripts were most recently collected for the BPS:12 cohort. Postsecondary education transcript collections include:
- 1984 – NLS-72
- 1993 – HS&B
- 1994 – B&B:93
- 2000 – NELS:88
- 2010 – BPS:04
- 2010 – B&B:08
- 2014 – ELS:2002
- 2017 – HSLS:09
- 2018 – BPS:12
NPSAS:AC – National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: Administrative Collection
BPS – Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
B&B – Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
PETS – Postsecondary Education Transcript Studies