“Why Don’t You Publish Outcomes by Race and Ethnicity?”
Lumina Foundation, AACRAO, Clearinghouse and 800 Postsecondary Institutions’ Work Leads to Outcomes Published by Race and Ethnicity
By Afet Dundar, Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s annual college completions, persistence, and retention reports have become nationally recognized critical resources for policy makers and institutions, as well as the broader education community. These reports include part-time and transfer students, counting all successful student outcomes even when they occur at a transfer institution.
However, since our very first research report in 2011, one question we would receive over and over was, “why don’t you provide these outcomes by race and ethnicity?” Thanks to the Lumina Foundation, AACRAO, and hundreds of postsecondary institutions and others in the education community working with us, we are now able to publish outcomes by race and ethnicity. We are excited to have just released our first report on college completions by race and ethnicity.
“This research will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the growing debates on diversity and equity in higher education are based on the most current and valid data.”
Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
The Research Center will be able to continue publishing reports with breakdowns of these outcomes by race and ethnicity to help better understand college persistence and completion among students of different racial and ethnic groups. We can already see from the published articles and conversations in social media that it means a lot to higher education, and we believe we’ll see even more impact over time. This research will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the growing debates on diversity and equity in higher education are based on the most current and valid data.
Later this year, the enhanced published reports will be made available to institutions through the Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker for Colleges and Universities, for benchmarking the results of their own students to the national averages. This means that the new race and ethnicity breakdowns in the published reports will be available within StudentTracker for all participating institutions that provide the race and ethnicity data in their Clearinghouse enrollment files.
Later this month, our second report on student persistence and retention using the race and ethnicity data will be released.