Outpacing IPEDS

By Doug Lederman

Don’t look now, but the United States appears to have made significant headway in the 2011 academic year toward the goal of significantly increasing the number of degrees and other credentials that colleges award.

This knowledge isn’t gleaned from a new study from the federal government; the latest Education Department data that you’ll find in that Digest of Education Statistics on your desk (or desktop computer) are from 2008-9.

Nor does it come from any of the blizzard of other reports that dissect postsecondary completion or attainment, such as the annual accounting that the Lumina Foundation released Monday.

Instead, the up-to-date insights come from a new tool — produced by Nate Johnson, an independent higher education researcher — that mines preliminary federal data from the 2010-11 academic year to provide a much timelier picture than other studies provide of how many Americans are earning college credentials.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/03/27/researcher-creates-new-tool-timely-data-attainment#ixzz1qN9bpNfF

Review the latest data: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_dai.asp

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