Report Round-up: June 8, 2012
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for your weekly Report Round-up. Here are some reports that came out in the past week that we think should be on your radar!
“A new national report from Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center finds that the nation’s graduation rate has posted a solid gain for the second straight year, following a period of declines and stagnation. Amid this continuing turnaround, the nation’s graduation rate has risen to 73 percent, the highest level of high school completion since the late 1970s. The report shows that the nation’s public schools will generate about 90,000 fewer dropouts than the previous year. Nationwide improvements were driven, in large part, by impressive gains among Latino students.”
“Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees” – Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
This report is separated into three parts: “Who Earns Certificates?”; “Earnings Returns to Certificates”; and “Where Do Students Earn Certificates?” This important work from Dr. Anthony Carnevale’s team examines certificate programs as an alternative postsecondary path in the United States.
“Degreeless in Debt: What Happens to Borrowers Who Drop Out” – Education Sector
“Facing heavy debt burdens, a tough economy, and poor job prospects, many college graduates are questioning the value of their college degrees and wondering if they will be able to pay back their student loans. If the past is an indication of what is to come, the answer is ‘probably.’ While debt is a serious problem for a growing number of college graduates, degree-holders tend to bounce back the quickest after a recession. In the long run, most college degrees are worth the money.”
“Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession”- Rutgers University John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
“This report describes the findings of a nationally representative sample of 544 recent high school graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2011. The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession.”