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Education Final 05-15-12 -   1.2 - Higher Education Participation

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Education Final 05-15-12
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
1.2 - Higher Education Participation Rate
How does Washington's college participation rate compare with the nation's?
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Data Notes
Data Source: HECB analysis from NCES IPEDS and Census data.
Measure Definition: The numerator of the participation rate is the number of students enrolled in 2-year and 4-year (divided by type of enrollment) degree-granting institutions that participate in Title IV financial aid programs.  The denominator is the annual estimated 18-44 population by state.
Target Rationale: Determine how our state compares to the nation in college participation.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Links directly to the Strategic Master Plan major objective to increase educational attainment.
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No, see drill down measures.

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • The simplified "college participation rates" shown on this chart are the ratio of total college enrollments (by level, including non-resident and international students) to the Washington 18-44 population.  The rates are a reflection of both the capacity of our higher education system at each level and the size of the college-going population.
  • In 2000, the total state participation rate (13.5%) was very close to the national rate (13.6%).  Since then, Washington's college participation rate (21.6%) has grown but has fallen below the national rate (23.7%). 
  • In comparison to the nation, our 2-year college participation rates are consistently considerably higher, while graduate rates have remained much lower. Our 4-year rate is close to the national.  This is a refection of Washington's enrollment capacity at these levels as compared to the rest of the nation.