The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual The Condition of Education report highlighting recent developments in the condition and progress of education in the U.S.
The 2014 report provides insight into 42 indicators of the most significant national measures related to Pre-K through postsecondary education. Regarding more broad measures such as demographics and economic factors, NCES found that 21 percent of school-aged children in the U.S. were in families living in poverty, and that young adults with a bachelor’s degree earned twice as much as those with without a high school credential and 57 percent more than high school completers. Regarding secondary enrollment, NCES reported a significant decrease in White student enrollment in public schools, going from 28.7 million to 25.6 million (share of total enrollment decreased from 60 to 52 percent). Specifically related to postsecondary education, findings from the NCES report include:
· Total undergraduate enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions was 17.7 million in fall 2012, an increase of 48 percent from 1990 when total undergraduate enrollment was 12.0 million students.
· In 2012–13, some 26 percent of 4-year institutions had open admission policies, 26 percent accepted three-quarters or more of their applicants, 34 percent accepted one-half to less than three-quarters of their applicants, and 14 percent accepted less than half of their applicants.
· Some 10.6 million undergraduate students attended 4-year institutions in 2012, while 7.2 million attended 2-year institutions. At 4-year institutions in 2012, some 77 percent of undergraduate students attended full time, compared with 41 percent at 2-year institutions.
· In 2013, some 34 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds had earned a bachelor’s or higher degree. Between 1990 and 2013, the size of the White-Black gap at this education level widened from 13 to 20 percentage points, and the White-Hispanic gap widened from 18 to 25 percentage points.