Recruiting Youth in the College Market: Current Practices and Future Policy Options

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Appendix D

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

INSTITUTIONAL DATA COLLECTION

The central part of Chapter Three includes both an analysis of trends in total costs of attending college and a comparison of these costs with financial aid benefits. These analyses required data on tuition and fees, room and board, and fall enrollment. Fall enrollment was required to weight the cost variables (except where stated otherwise, all average costs are enrollment-weighted). We concentrated only on institutions that granted an AA or a BA.

From the IPEDS data, we used the following cost data: in-state tuition and fees and average room and board charges for dormitories. 1 These data were collected for academic years 1990-1996. Over all years, 33 percent (9,983 of 30,121) of schools did not report tuition data. From the Opening Fall Enrollment data source, we obtained information on fall enrollment. Over all years, approximately 21 percent of all institutions (6,374 of 30,121) did not report enrollment information and 21 percent (6,328 of 30,121) did not report both tuition and enrollment data. From the Earned Degrees data source, we obtained the number of AA, BA, or higher degrees granted by each school for the relevant year. Of the 30,121 schools in the raw data file, 8,470 did not grant a certificate, AA, or BA for any given year. (Some of the missing data may be due in part to the fact that in each year

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Although tuition data included average costs of books and supplies as well as non‐ dormitory room and board charges, they were not reported often enough to permit use of these variables in our analysis.

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