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Postsecondary Enrollment

The postsecondary enrollment rate reflects the percentage of regular diploma graduates who seamlessly enrolled in postsecondary the fall following graduation. The list of postsecondary institutions that are captured in this rate are Tennessee public postsecondary institutions and any institution that reports enrollment to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). Postsecondary enrollment information is lagged to reflect the graduating class of the year prior.

Postsecondary Enrollment

What does this mean?

The postsecondary enrollment rate reflects the percentage of graduates who seamlessly enrolled in postsecondary the fall following graduation.

Why is this important?

This rate could reflect how well schools or districts are preparing and encouraging students for postsecondary success, particularly considering that most employment opportunities in the state require postsecondary training.

 

Postsecondary enrollment over time

What does this mean?

This figure represents the rate of postsecondary enrollment over time.

Why is this important?

Postsecondary enrollment rates vary from year to year for a variety of reasons. For example, economic factors may impact postsecondary enrollment as students may or may not be seeking to enter the workforce more directly post-graduation. Trends in this figure can also indicate how well districts and schools have prepared students for success after graduation, and whether those rates change from year to year.

Enrollment by College Type

What does this mean?

The enrollment by college type figure reflects the enrollment of students in certain college types after graduation. Tennessee public institutions include four-year universities, community colleges, and technical colleges. Due to Department of Defense privacy policies, this information does not include the percent of students who enlist in military services.

Why is this important?

Districts are encouraged to develop pathways that include all postsecondary options. Districts and schools collect this information in order to help with programming decisions. Based on this information, districts and schools can structure programs, such as dual enrollment offerings, to better set students up for success for specific school types.

Postsecondary Enrollment by student group

What does this mean?

This figure reflects the postsecondary enrollment rate across various student groups, including economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners, special education students, or students that identify as a combination of these groups.

Why is this important?

The postsecondary enrollment rate can vary across student groups for a variety of reasons. Districts and schools can use this information to make targeted efforts to recruit students into different programs. This is especially important considering that historically, students from low-income backgrounds, minority racial groups, and other disadvantaged populations have more barriers to postsecondary enrollment. Schools and districts can use this information to structure advisement and support programs based on different needs to ensure all students have the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary institutions.