Posts Tagged: Trends & Indicators

Trends & Indicators 2010: College Readiness

Fewer than half of New England students who finish high school have completed the necessary courses and mastered the skills to be considered “college ready.” But New England states perform above the national norm on most indicators of college readiness. In Massachusetts, a new “Vision Project” has five goals: increase the rate of high school graduates who attend college; ...

Trends & Indicators 2010: Higher Education Enrollment

More than 928,000 students were enrolled at New England’s colleges and universities in 2008, up by more than 100,000 students over the decade. Nearly half of New England college students attend private institutions, compared with just over one-quarter nationally. Women students began to outnumber men on New England college and university campuses in 1978, and the imbalance has grown to a...

Trends & Indicators 2010: College Success

Only 19% of students at New England’s traditionally two-year community colleges graduate within three years of enrolling—and the rate is even lower among minority groups. Nearly 60% of all higher education degrees awarded in New England are conferred on women. More than one-quarter of doctorates awarded by New England universities go to foreign students, while fewer than two in 10 ...

Trends & Indicators 2010: Financing Higher Education

New England claims many of the largest college endowments on earth, but even the titans have been beaten and bruised by the current deep recession. New England has the dubious distinction of some of America’s smallest state appropriations and highest tuitions and fees for public colleges and universities. Education advocates joke about the region’s public campuses going from state-op...

Trends & Indicators 2010: University Research

New England universities performed more than $3.7 billion worth of research and development in 2008, but the region’s share has dropped to 7.3% of the U.S. total, down from more than 10% in the 1980s. Had the region’s share stayed at 10%, an additional $1.5 billion would have been spent in New England university labs in 2008 alone. New England university research labs have been world-...