DEI DATA LAB

A COLLABORATIVE TO ADVANCE STUDENT OUTCOMES

Learn, share, and collaborate to give all students an equal opportunity to earn a degree. The National Student Clearinghouse® created the DEI Data Lab to share our nation-leading data on higher education, highlight evidence-based solutions, and encourage problem-solving partnerships.

Enrollment

The starting point in measuring — and ultimately achieving — equity in higher education is enrollment. No one can attain a degree without first getting access.  

Persistence

Persistence is the best metric we have for understanding whether specific groups of students are staying in school. This measure gauges how many students return to college at any institution for their second year.  

Completion 

Rates of degree attainment are the final internal check on institutional equity. Completion rates track the credentials students earn within six years after they first enroll in a college or university.  

DEI in Action

The Benefits of Shortened Academic Terms 

Many community colleges are finding that shorter course lengths can boost enrollment and student success by providing more flexibility for students facing challenges outside the classroom. 

Closing Gaps in Access to Financial Aid  

The prospective students who could benefit most from financial aid are generally those least likely to apply for it. Some states, cities, and school districts are finding ways to confront this problem. 

Challenges to First-Generation Male Student Enrollment 

The decline in male college enrollments has been especially steep for first-generation students. A panel of experts explained the challenges and how colleges can overcome them. 

Increasing Retention Rates for First-Generation Students 

North Central College excels in retaining first-generation students, thanks to interactive monthly workshops and other measures to provide a supportive, welcoming community. 

News & Events

FEATURED REPORT

The Impacts of College Closures on Student Outcomes

More than 100,000 students experienced an abrupt campus closure between July 2004 and June 2020. SHEEO and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center investigated the impact of 467 college closures on student outcomes.

FEATURED PARTNERSHIP

Clearinghouse Partners with OneTen

The National Student Clearinghouse is partnering with OneTen to expand sustainable career development opportunities for black talent without college degrees.

ANNUAL REPORT

COVID-19 Impact on Transfer, Mobility, and Progress 

As of September 2022, the pandemic was still affecting transfer pathways, especially for White, Black, and Native American students, and students at non-rural and Hispanic-serving institutions. 

PDP INSIGHTS REPORT

Equity Gaps in Credit Accumulation and Completion 

According to this August 2022 report, the largest gaps between students earning credits versus those attempting are across dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, and enrollment intensity. 

BLOG POST

FAFSA Completions Rebound 

Through July 1, 2022, high school students’ completions of financial aid applications were up 4.6% year-over-year, driven by strong gains from low-income public schools. 

ANNUAL REPORT

Yearly Success and Progress Rates 

This July 2022 report indicates that the stop-out rate for part-time students is more than twice that for full-time students, according to enrollment data from fall 2015.