Closing the College Graduation Gap: NCAN'S 2016 Benchmarking Report

NCAN is pleased to announce the release of “Closing the College Graduation Gap” our 2016 national college access and success benchmarking report. This report, the third in an annual series, is the result of NCAN working with our members and with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) to establish meaningful metrics about the outcomes of students served by college access and success programs. NCAN would like to thank the Kresge and Michael & Susan Dell Foundations for their invaluable support in pursuing and completing this report.

Using data collected from 73 NCAN member programs, the NSCRC calculated an enrollment rate and graduation rates for the high school classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011 and an enrollment rate for the high school class of 2015. The enrollment rates of students served by NCAN members continue to exceed their peers and be more comparable to students from higher-income communities. The six-year completion rate for the class of 2009 and the comparable national completion rate was 7.3 percentage points, the largest such gap since the Benchmarking Project started. The Great Recession may have had an effect on students' enrollment behaviors and subsequent completion outcomes, and the report goes into more detail on this theory.

This report also contains enrollment and completion rates for each year that are disaggregated by student-level characteristics like gender, race/ethnicity, Hispanic heritage, and first-generation status.

NCAN continues to be proud of our members’ important work and performance. A student's ZIP code or skin color should not predetermine their educational opportunities, and the results in our third benchmarking report continue to show that, for many students served by our members, these opportunities are being achieved.

Closing the College Graduation Gap: 2016 National College Access and Success Benchmarking Report