Diplomas Count 2011: Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate: Meaningful Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree

June 9, 2011

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This year's Diplomas Count reconsiders the "college for all" movement and examines postsecondary options for students other than a bachelor's degree.
With a lackluster economy and rising college costs, other promising postsecondary pathways are getting new attention.
View reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, state-specific data on current graduation rates and trends over time, definitions of college readiness, high school exit exams, and state requirements for earning a high school diploma.
This online tool allows users to explore changes in state graduation rates over the past decade.
View the Geographic Information System-based website, which includes information on graduation rates and other indicators across the United States. Interactive mapping technology allows users to zoom in on their states and access detailed data for every school district in the nation.
With a program called Linked Learning, some California educators are showing that career training and academics don't have to be mutually exclusive.
On the frontlines of the debate over whether four-year colleges are for everyone, community colleges are responding to new opportunities and some vexing problems.
When it comes to the fastest-growing sector of higher education, some experts and federal officials want buyers to beware.
Pointing students to postsecondary options other than a four-year college is a challenge for already-overworked counselors.
New statistical analyses show that good jobs can still be had with less than a four-year college degree.
At Henry Ford Early College in Dearborn, Mich., students get a diploma, a degree, and a leg up on a job in the local health industry.
Mike Rose argues that there is more to the discussion of preparing students for life beyond high school than the college vs. vocational training debate.
High schools, particularly those serving poor students, face a critical shortage of college counselors, writes Omari Scott Simmons.
After declining or stagnating for two years, states’ graduation rates are showing strong signs of improvement, Diplomas Count concludes.
Graduation in the United States
Data Table Graduation in the United States PDF
Data Table Graduation Policies for the Class of 2011 PDF
Chart Projected Number of Nongraduates for Nation and States, Class of 2011 PDF
CHART Dropout Epicenters PDF
Chart Graduation Rates for the 50 Largest Districts in the Country PDF
Chart Graduation Rates on the Rebound PDF
Chart Diplomas, Degrees, and Dollars PDF
Chart Subbaccalaureate Jobs PDF
How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?