Archive for Statistics

Almost 3 Million Students Are Enrolled in Fully Online Programs

And that number does not include California! This is one of the main takeaways from the 2019 NC-SARA Data Report. Of that number, 1.5 million attend in-state courses, while the reminder have enrolled in out-of-state programs;. For those who do not wish to read the entire 63-page report, there is an informative overview of the report available along with a listing of the top ten schools offering online programs.

You might also want to peruse this Fast Facts: Distance Education from NCES; just remember that the NC-SARA totals numbers from fully online programs whereas the NCES figures reflects enrollments in online courses. In either case, enrollments trend upward.

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Fire Statistics in the United States

Fire in the United States 2008-2017 is a compilation of various statistics, graphs, and data points highlighting the trends of fires over the above decade. While the number of fire related injuries have decreased, the number of fire deaths and dollar loss have increased. On average over this decade, there have been 3,190 deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries, and $14.7B resulting from 1.34 million fires annually. Needless to say, the California wildfires, as well as others, have had an impact of the overall trends examined in this report.

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Latest IPEDS Figures For Higher Education

This just-released 2018/19 report, based primarily on 2017/18 data, presents numbers on a wide variety of topics, including headcounts, average college costs, and number of awards by race/ethnicity. Access to the previous year’s reports are also available. You also have the ability to search by topic and collection cycle. (FYI -there are three separate collection cycles per year, each one focusing on a different higher ed sector of interest.)

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2018 “Crime in the United States” Just Released

This annual iteration from the FBI presents a comprehensive look at the trends and rates of various crimes in the country. They can be broken down to the granular by city; here are the results for Jersey City.

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Jersey City School District’s Rankings in Niche’s 2020 Best School Districts in America Survey

Niche utilized various indices to rank the more than 11,000 school districts in the country. You can search among many criteria: private school, charter school, by state, by city, etc. Here is how Jersey City fared.

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UK Election Statistics, 1918 – 2018

This report – UK Election Statistics: 1918 – 2018 – A Century of Elections – presents a plethora of information covering a wide span of elections, their results, party affiliations, characteristics of the members of the House of Commons, local elections, mayoral elections, etc. It is amazing how much data is crammed into 94 pages!

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Anti-vaxxers Are Not Just Limited to the United States

The Wellcome Global Monitor 2018 report has just been released, and it reveals that many high-income countries, including the United States, have significant segments of the population that do not believe in the efficacy of vaccines, while conversely, low-income countries recognize the benefits of vaccines. In fact, “In France, one in three people disagree that vaccines are safe, the highest percentage for any country worldwide.”  (Consult Chapter 5 of the report) Voluminous country data is contained in the appendix.

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The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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Jersey City’s Population Estimates Show Great Growth

Based on the data contained in the Census Bureau’s 2018 population estimates found in its American Factfinder, Jersey City’s population has increased by over 17,000 since the 2010 census; it has increased by 2,000 since 2017. Newark, on the other hand, has seen its population rise by 5,000 since the 2010 census; its rise from 2017 tallies at a little more than 1,000. Every city, state, county, congressional district, etc can be tracked among the many metrics offered by the above site.

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2019 “Condition of Education”

This annual report highlights through uses of massive amounts of data the state of the education sector from pre-k through college. Two very important “spotlights” are included in this year’s version: Young Adult Educational and Employment Outcomes by Family Socioeconomic Status and Postsecondary Outcomes for Nontraditional Undergraduate Students. In light of recent reports of parents scheming to get their children into elite colleges, the first report makes it clear that parental socioeconomic factors do play a significant role in college attendance/completion. The second report, the first time it has been issued, traces the educational path taken by “nontraditional” students; it includes data on completion, transfer, and enrollment rates.

Another relevant report is The Postsecondary Undergraduate Population: Student Income and Demographics from CRS.

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018

Containing data from 2015 through 2017 this voluminous compendium details various aspects of crime at all levels of the education sector. Bullying, victimization, active shootings are some of the topics highlighted. Handy “Spotlights” add to the utility of this work.

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Projections for Library Occupations

Did you know that there are only 25,900 college/university librarians in the country? And that the number who will be leaving the profession in the next few years exceeds the average exit rate for other occupations? These and other data points, along with links for additional information, can be found here.

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How Did Your School/District Do in the 2017/18 New Jersey Report Cards?

A plethora of information are contained in the various reports that were issued this month: from languages spoken at home to metrics involving career and college readiness. Reports are available in English and Spanish; summaries are also given as some of these documents are 60 pages long.

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County by County Health Rankings in the United States

Utilizing a vast array of metrics from diverse sources, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin have compiled a health profile for every county in the country; the data can be selected at either the state or county level. Here is the New Jersey report; Hudson County’s figures are here. The report’s key findings are also available. You also have the ability to compare counties.

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Projections of Education Statistics to 2027

The 46th iteration of this title, heavily buttressed with numerous charts, tables, and figures, presents future trends in education from elementary levels to post-secondary institutions. For those at the college level, Section 5 is of most interest. Among the findings:

there will be a 3% increase in total enrollment by 2027 (figure 16); the increase in full-time students will be 2% while part-time enrollment will total 5% (figure 19); and there will be a 6% increase in the number of African-American students as well as a 14% increase in the number of Hispanic students, while white students will decrease by 8% (figure 21).

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2017 Digest of Education Statistics

Because of the sheer amount of data compiled and analyzed, it takes some time for a volume of this size to see the light of day. Be that as it may, this iteration, like the others before, states that “Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). “(foreword)

Prior years back to 1990 can be accssed online as well; updated figures released after this volume’s publication can be perused online as well.

For those for are interested in international education, chapter six and its tables provide a wealth of information.

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Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States

A plethora of charts, along with analyses, populate this recent NCES report – Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups. From elementary education to postsecondary enrollment, this document  “Through indicators and spotlights—which examine selected topics in greater detail— …. shows that over time, increasing numbers of students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Two or more races have completed high school and continued their education in college.” Certain topics are broken down into sub-groups for a more comprehensive look. (Indicator 19 for college participation rates among subgroups is a case in point.)

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100 Years of Election Results of the UK House of Commons

UK Election Statistics: 1918-2018 – 100 years of elections presents a plethora of data ranging from characteristics of legislators to party representations in the various contests. You would be hard-pressed to find so much information aggregated in one document. Another portal into UK voting is offered through Electoral Statistics; this site offers insights into the voting population.

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2018 “Open Doors” Report Released

The latest iteration of this report on international education has been released. It shows that the number of foreign students enrolling in U.S. programs has declined, while the number of U.S. students studying aboard has increased, especially short-term courses/programs. Here are the New Jersey numbers; an excellent summary (with links) is also available.

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