Now that we have studied the attainment rates of METS students,In the next few posts, we will be looking at the some of the attainment trends from the METS enrollment class of 2007-2008. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the length of time METS students are spending in their postsecondary education by first looking at the number of different colleges attended by METS students, the number of students taking classes at multiple college simultaneously, and then the number of semesters in college for METS students who did not complete a postsecondary degree.
Previously, we studied the rate at which METS students completed postsecondary degrees when compared with their peers. Today, we’ll look a little further into the types of degrees these students completed. Specifically, we will be breaking down the number of adult certificate, associates, and bachelors degrees received by the 125 METS seniors who enrolled in postsecondary education during the Fall 2008. We will also be looking at the number of advanced degrees.
When determining a postsecondary attainment rate, the standard measuring period, such as that used in the study performed by National Student Clearinghouse on behalf of the state of Maine, is six years.
In several instances, student’s received more than one type of degree. In these cases, we counted the highest level received. Specifically:
- Two students completed a Certificate and an Associates degree,
- One student completed a Certificate and a Bachelors degree,
- Three students completed an Associates and a Bachelors degree,
- And one student completed two different Associates degrees.
Sometimes these degrees were received separately, such as you would see in a 2+2 program, while in other instances they were all received at the same time.
Now that we’ve taken a solid look at the postsecondary enrollment rates and trends of METS students and their peers, it’s time to take a look at how they do in completing their degrees. Using the same StudentTracker report put out by the state of Maine in partnership with the Mitchell Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse, we are able to compare METS rates vs those of their peer groups in their target schools. The enrollment year we will be comparing is the 2007-2008 cohort, and we will be using the rates of those who graduated within 6 years, with a certificate, associates, or bachelor degrees. As before, the names have of schools have been changed so as not to accidentally disclose individual student information. One note, School I is a private school, and as such was not included in the state of Maine’s report.
In 2007-2008, 125 METS seniors enrolled in postsecondary education, at an enrollment rate of 91.2%.