SREB Reports Latest Statistics for Higher Ed Degrees, Enrollment and Funding in Southern States
Atlanta — February 12, 2013 — The latest report from the Southern Regional Education Board shows gains in the number of college degrees earned at public institutions in SREB states. In all, more than 1 million degrees and certificates were awarded by public postsecondary institutions in SREB states in 2010-11. Enrollment fell in some states while tuition continued to rise and state funding declined in most states in 2011-12.
The SREB Data Exchange Indicators Report 2011-12
compiles key statistics on postsecondary education in the 16 SREB member states and year-to-year changes widely used by state leaders, including state-by-state and SREB-region averages for faculty salaries, funding, tuition and college progression and graduation rates. The report also publishes unique SREB data on graduates’ time- and credits-to-degree and college credits students earn online or while in high school.
The number of degrees and certificates earned rose
in the 16-state SREB region, for 2010-11 over 2009-10:
The number of 2010 first-time students who persisted in their study the second year rose
5 percent at public four-year colleges and universities, led by gains in Texas and Florida
10 percent at public two-year colleges, with increases of 27 percent in Virginia and 18 percent in Mississippi
13 percent more at public technical institutes or colleges, with jumps of 40 percent in Kentucky and 30 percent in Louisiana
7 percentage points at public four-year colleges or universities to 85.1 percent for the region
6 percentage points at public two-year colleges to 63.6 percent for the region
"Raising the percentage of adults with postsecondary credentials is an important goal for SREB and its member states," said Joe Marks, SREB director of education data services. “We need to see these numbers continue to increase to make our states more competitive."
The average number of years and credit-hours students attempt while completing degree programs varies
from state to state. For example, 2010-11 graduates who didn’t transfer during their four-year degree program:
Full-time-equivalent enrollment fell in some states
took on average 4.6 years to graduate in Tennessee and 6.1 years in Arkansas
attempted an average of 129 credits in Arkansas and 150 credits in Kentucky
for the first time in recent years: in three SREB states for public four-year college or universities, in six states for public two-year colleges, and in four of six states that reported enrollment for public technical institutes.
Tuition and required fees rose
again from 2010-11 to 2011-12. For full-time, in-state undergraduates:
State-funded student financial aid
5.5 percent at public four-year colleges or universities. The SREB median was $6,532.
6.9 percent at public two-year colleges. The SREB median was $2,951.
10.1 percent at public technical institutes or colleges. The SREB median was $2,498.
rose in nine SREB states and declined in seven from 2010-11 to 2011-12.
The SREB-average state appropriations per full-time-equivalent student fell
for the fourth consecutive year:
5.9 percent at public four-year colleges or universities, 2.1 percent at public two-year colleges and 1.5 percent at public technical institutes or colleges. Ten of 16 states showed decreases for four-year colleges and universities and nine of 16 for public two-year colleges.
College credit attempted through e-learning
varies from state to state. The 2011-12 percentage of undergraduate instruction delivered through e-learning ranged from:
Postsecondary credits attempted by students still in high school
2.8 percent in Delaware to 18.3 percent in Maryland and Florida at public four-year colleges
14.8 percent in Maryland to 32.9 percent in North Carolina at public two-year colleges
(via, for example, early college or dual enrollment) ranged, in 2011-12, from:
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0.2 percent of undergraduate credit hours in North Carolina to 1.9 percent in Arkansas, for public four-year colleges
0.8 percent of undergraduate credit hours in Mississippi to 14.2 percent in Virginia, for public two-year colleges
1.3 percent of credit or contact hours in Alabama to 12.8 percent in Louisiana, for public technical institutes or colleges