Illinois Higher Education Data Points

DataPOINTS is analysis of higher education data by IBHE Information Management and Research

References and Notes for the Illinois Proud Infographic

Illinois is among national leaders in the rate of bachelor’s degree completion among transfer students from community colleges

  • This is based on the transfer-out bachelor’s completion rate from Jenkins and Fink (2016)
  • Source: Jenkins, D. & Fink, J. (2016). Tracking transfer: New measures of institutional and state effectiveness in helping community college students attain bachelor’s degrees. Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/tracking-transfer-institutional-state-effectiveness.pdf

Illinois public colleges substantially outpace the national averages for six-year graduation rates

  • This was calculated using Table 1, Six-Year Outcomes for Students Who Started at Four-Year Public Institutions, by Original State from the report referenced below
  • Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Wakhungu, P., Yuan, X., Nathan, A Hwang, Y., A. (2017, March). Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates (Signature Report No. 12a). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Signature12aTables.xls

Illinois has a robust higher education system that produces more bachelor’s degree with prior community college enrollment that the other national leaders

  • The ‘other national leaders’ is a reference to the national leaders established in Jenkins and Fink (2016) study. However, the information in the graphic is from the National Student Clearinghouse (2017) data snapshot immediately below.
  • National Student Clearinghouse (2017). NSC Data snapshot: Percentage of 2015-16 bachelor’s degree earners at four-year institutions with previous enrollments at two-year public institutions. State-level Table. Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. https://nscresearchcenter.org/snapshotreport-twoyearcontributionfouryearcompletions26/

Illinois public universities produce more degrees relative to the number of students enrolled than their peers and perform substantially better than the national average

  • Illinois Board of Higher Education. (November 2016). 2016 Degree Productivity at Illinois Public Universities (IBHE DataPoints 2016-7). Springfield, IL. http://www.ibhe.org/DataPoints/DegreesPer100.pdf

Most undergraduate students served by Illinois institutions, particularly the public colleges, are Illinoisans

  • This is measured used first-time full-time freshmen from the IBHE’s Fall Enrollment Survey for AY 2016-17
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education (2017). Chapter 1, Table 8 of the Dynamic Data Book. Springfield, IL. http://www.ibhe.org/IBHEDatabook/ChapterI/Table%20I-8.aspx

Illinois public universities are among the national leaders in completion rates for adult leaders, second only to Virginia

  • This was calculated using Table 7, Six-Year Outcomes for Students over Age 24 at First Entry Who Started at Four-Year Public Institutions, by Original State in the report referenced below
  • Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Wakhungu, P., Yuan, X., Nathan, A Hwang, Y., A. (2017, March). Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates (Signature Report No. 12a). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Signature12aTables.xls