Nursing and related fields now outpace teacher education in popularity among graduating seniors, with emerging fields in law enforcement and leisure/fitness showing strong growth. Business and STEM fields, not shown, are static.
In Ohio, bachelor's degree in nursing now outnumber associate degrees, and master's degrees have more than tripled in the last decade.
Ohio's baccalaureate attainment remains below the US average and in the middle of the pack of its neighboring states.
Ohio independent colleges efficiently prepare students for degrees in STEM fields.
Six years after they entered, more than half of those who enrolled at Ohio community colleges have left higher education altogether without a degree.
Whatever your academic preparation, you're more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college or university.
The four-year graduation rate gap between sectors in Ohio increased by one percentage point in the latest federal statistics.
A bacherlor's degree is an Ohioan's surest path to economic security.
Preferences in Ohio's presidential primary elections varied by educational level.
In the last 11 years, the annual number of bachelor's degrees in education awarded in Ohio has shrunk by one fourth.
Three years after enrolling in a for-profit 4-year institution, one in seven of the entering class of 2011 had settled for an associate degree, and half had left higher education altogether with no credential.
Women graduates dominate in all fields in Ohio, except two.
Students with multiple academic interests are well served at Ohio independent colleges and universities.
Ohio independent colleges continue to produce more than their share of graduates in fields important to the economy and the quality of life of the state.
Minority students are more likely to succeed at an independent college.
International students attending college in Ohio earn bachelor's degrees mainly in business, science and technology, and the social sciences.
A better educated citizenry takes part more fully in the nation's civic life.
Relative to the nation, Ohio has more business and education degree holders; fewer in the humanities and social sciences; and about the same in STEM fields.
Although retention rates in Ohio are the same for public and independent 4-year campuses, 15 percent more of those same students graduate on time at independent institutions.
It remains true that you are more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college or university regardless of your academic qualifications.
Newly available graduation rate data continues to show greater success by students who attend nonprofit colleges.
Despite its recent gains, Ohio continues to lag the nation in educational attainment at the bachelor's degree level.
As is occurring nationwide, certain postgraduate professional degrees are declining in Ohio.
Ohio's "Top 50" jobs have above-average annual earnings, growth rates faster than the statewide average, and are expected to stay in demand. Of these good jobs worth having, nearly three quarters of the projected annual openings require a college degree, and more than half at least a bachelor's, which only a quarter of the state's adults hold.
Ohio independent colleges still provide more than their share of the state's bachelor's degrees in fields of study important to the future and quality of life.
The second largest segment of Ohio's population, measured for educational attainment, remains the more than 1.6 million (more than 1/5 of the state's adults) who have no degree to show for their investment in higher education.
For young adults, getting to college and finishing a bachelor's degree are the best ways to ensure they will be valuable members of the workforce.
Beyond the workplace's most essential credential, the bachelor's degree, Ohio's four-year colleges and universities also participate significantly in shorter-term education for specific workforce needs.
As they have for many years, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share of bachelor's degrees in areas of study important to the state's future.
The conundrum continues: Ohio's educational attainment is higher than the US average at the high school level, but lower at the baccalaureate level, and the gaps stubbornly remain.
More than half the undergraduates considered to be "full-time" by federal financial aid regulations are not taking enough credits to earn a degree on time.
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Nearly 2/3 of parents expect their middle- and high-school age children to complete at least a bachelor's degree.
Regardless of the academic preparation of their entering freshmen, Ohio independent colleges perform better in getting their students to graduate on time.
Four-year graduation rates have increased in Ohio's public sector, principally because of Ohio State's 14-year climb to the overall independent-college rate.
The latest graduation rate statistics continue to show that the typical full-time freshman at an Ohio independent campus completes a bachelor's degree in four years, while it takes an additional year at a public university.
Ohio lags the nation in the rate of students who start at community colleges and then complete a degree at a four-year college or university.
Finishing a bachelor's degree on time yields an immediate payoff.
Although younger Ohioans are increasingly better educated, the stubborn gap between Ohio and national educational attainment remains.
Newly available federal data show that independent colleges in Ohio continue to produce large shares of bachelor's degrees in key fields of study.
Metropolitan areas in Ohio - the shaded counties represent each city's metropolitan survey area - vary considerably in the adult population's educational attainment, with Columbus leading the way.
It normally takes an extra year beyond the normal four to earn your bachelor's degree from a public college or university, while at a for-profit institution it takes more than two years longer.
Although bachelor's degrees overall in the U.S. increased by one third during the last decade, degrees in STEM did not keep pace - including a 10 percent drop in degrees in computer science - and degrees in education actually fell.
As it was three years ago, a full-time freshman entering an Ohio public university is more likely not to complete a degree there than to graduate in four years. The opposite is true for those entering an Ohio independent college or university.
Even in a recession, a college education is the best preparation for the labor market.
The benefit earned as a result of workforce development such as a certificate and associate degree program varies depending on the sector where you choose to enroll.
An entering full-time freshman at an Ohio independent college or university is more likely to complete a bachelor's degree in four years than in five years at an Ohio public university.
Success rates at colleges and universities not only vary over time, but by sector.
As useful as it is for comparing institutions with similar missions, the federal graduation rate statistic does have its weaknesses, as it tracks only full-time first-time, first-year students. The percentage of these students among of a campus's new enrollees each fall strongly correlates with the graduation rate, thus predicting a lower rate for colleges that accept a large number of transfers.
Graduation rates - the share of new full-time freshman who earn their bachelor's degrees from the campus where they started - have remained steady at Ohio's independent colleges despite the economic challenges students now face.
Nationally, as well as in Ohio, how quickly you graduate depends on the type of college or university you attend.
Ohio's independent colleges continue to be the more effective route to the degree for the state's minority students.
If it were true that the numbers of transfers-in and part-time
undergraduates, who are not tracked in the federal graduation rate survey,
damaged an institutionÂ¹s academic performance, then independent campuses would have lower graduation rates than public campuses.
While new students at Ohio public and independent colleges return for their second year at about the same rate, the on-time graduation rates for these students vary considerably by sector.
As always, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share to degrees in fields vital to the state's future.
More than half of those who enter public or nonprofit 4-year colleges and universities complete their bachelor's degrees, either where they started or at another campus, within six years. At the same time, more than half of those who enter 4-year for-profit institutions receive no award - not even an associate degree or certificate - and have left higher education altogether.
Bachelor's degrees in STEM fields awarded in Ohio have grown 20 percent in the last decade.
To obtain well-paying jobs in demand by employers, a college education is increasingly necessary, and particularly a bachelorÂ¹s degree, as nearly all the expansion in jobs needing just an associate degree is in one field, nursing.
At Ohio's independent colleges, a bachelor's degree is still a four-year degree.
A sampling error resulting from the much smaller tracking cohort in public community colleges makes graduation rate comparisons with for-profit colleges meaningless.
Over the 25 academic years ending in 2019-20, the gap between women and men in bachelor's degrees awarded in the US will have nearly tripled.
The return on Ohio's investment in higher education is much higher at independent nonprofit colleges and universities.
If increasing the number of the state's degrees is the goal, there is no question about the more effective path for prudent, efficient investment of the state's resources.
Ohio's most productive education sector is the independent sector.
Once again, federal data on graduations demonstrate how Ohio's independent colleges outperform public universities in producing degrees in areas critical to the state's future: even in engineering, where just a handful of AICUO's members awarded degrees in 2009-10.
Young women not only are more likely to have finished their bachelor's degrees, but to have continued to master's and higher degrees.
More than half of the growth in jobs in the coming decade will require at least a bachelor's degree.
Regardless of academic qualifications, students are much more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college.
New federal data demonstrates a continuing, key advantage of attending an Ohio independent college: You don't need an extra year to graduate.
Over the long term, women have earned a growing share of bachelor's degrees in the "STEM" - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - fields. However, the growth has been unevenly distributed among the STEM disciples.
In the last decade, independent colleges awarded 28,281 bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, 35 percent of Ohio's total.
Employers increasingly see the bachelor's degree as a key criterion when seeking new employees.
In the decade of the '00s, bachelor's degree production at Ohio's independent colleges has grown by 20 percent, and overall degrees by 25 percent.
The independent sector provides more than its share of recent graduates to a distinguished group of seminal public servants.
New federal data on graduations continue to show the disproportionate production of independent colleges in producing degrees in areas critical to the future of Ohio: even in engineering, where just nine of AICUO's 52 members offer degrees.
A major new study of graduations at public colleges and universities - including Ohio's - offers further evidence of targeting student aid rather than tuition level in helping needy students complete their degrees. While net cost of attendance has no measurable effect in the graduation rates of well-off students seeking bachelor's degrees in the public sector, it has a major, statistically significant effect on those with the least ability to pay and the greatest need for financial aid.
Ohio independent colleges and universities award proportionately more of the state's bachelor's degrees, and especially last year to African American students.
In all "STEM" fields, Ohio's independent colleges are the more efficient sector in graduating their majors.
This lower student-to-degree ratio once again demonstrates the greater effectiveness of Ohio's independent colleges in educating all the state's citizens.
New federal statistics show that an entering freshman is more likely to complete a bachelor's degree in four years at an Ohio independent college than in five years at an Ohio public university.
The educational attainment of our citizens, once one of our nation's assets, has now become a liability.
As women are increasingly dominating higher education enrollments -- in 2007, they constituted 55 percent of undergraduates at public and independent campuses nationwide -- they also graduate faster.
Ohio's four-year colleges and universities - both independent and public - meet or exceed national norms on their graduation rates: the share of their freshmen who complete their degrees four, five, or six years after first enrolling.
Look beyond federal graduation statistics to see the entire role of Ohio's independent colleges in teacher education. To be licensed for high school, students must major in the fields in which they intend to teach, and independents' disproportionate share of graduates in science, mathematics, and foreign languages lead to a similar share of graduates seeking to become Ohio teachers.
State Expenditures Per Degree Awarded At Ohio Public and Independent Colleges (2- and 4-year) Fiscal Year 2007 (Academic Year 2006-07)
Source: Expenditures, Ohio Board of Regents; Degrees, National Center for Education Statistics
When measured by results - associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees - the state's higher education dollars go much further at independent colleges.
Independent colleges enroll about a third of the state's undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities - but almost half of those who finish on time.
New data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows the continued high perfromance of Ohio's independent colleges and universities in graduating their freshman on time.
Foreign students at AICUO member colleges and universities succeed at an even higher rate than American students.
Ohio's independent colleges have long been receptive to students who begin their studies at a community college. Fully half of those earn bachelor's degrees at an Ohio college who transferred credit from a two-year campus earned their four-year degree at an AICUO member campus: compared to 1/3 of bachelor's degrees overall.
4- and 5-Year Baccalaureate Graduation Rates At Ohio Higher Education Institutions