Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.
Change in Number and Types of Postsecondary Institutions: 2000 to 2014 In 2000, there were 6,479 postsecondary institutions overall in the United States; this number increased to 7,151 institutions in 2014, an increase of 10 percent. Over this same time period, the number of institutions that offer subbaccalaureate education increased from 4,675 to 5,590, an increase of 20%. Because of the relatively large growth in institutions that offer subbaccalaureate occupational education, programs that can be considered career and technical education, the percentage of all institutions that offer subbaccalaureate occupational education increased from 72 percent in 2000 to 78 percent in 2014. From 2000 to 2014, the number of for-profit institutions increased from 2,445 to 3,360, a 37 percent increase. At the same time, the number of public and private nonprofit institutions declined from 2,084 to 1,964 and from 1,950 to 1,827, respectively, a 6 percent decline in each sector. Thus, from 2000 to 2014, the percentage of all institutions that were for-profit institutions increased from 38 percent to 47 percent (National Center for Education Statistics)
Survey of Non-College Credentials A new report seeks to describe the landscape of non-degree postsecondary training, with a focus on five categories: certificate programs, work-based training (such as apprenticeships), skills-based short programs (coding boot camps), massive open online courses and other online microcredentials, and competency-based education programs. (Inside Higher Ed)
Advanced Placement Access and Success: How do rural schools stack up? This joint report from College Board and Education Commission of the States shows a steady increase in Advanced Placement (AP) participation in rural communities over the past 15 years. This report also looks across urbanicities at data on AP exam participation and performance, and explores the postsecondary success of high-performing AP students.
These Universities Are America’s Engines of Upward Mobility—and They’re Sputtering Degrees from fancy schools do help catapult individual poor kids into the uppermost income bracket. Yet the most-efficient engines of American upward mobility are a slew of mid-tier public institutions, according to a NBER working paper published Monday last month. The bad news is, according to their analysis, those engines are increasingly sputtering. (Quartz)