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Office of Research and Policy Analysis

Welcome to the Office of Research and Policy Analysis. The Office is responsible for studies of higher education issues and other research projects conducted by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  These analysis form the basis for Commission decisions regarding statewide higher education policy.

This site contains policy studies, information reports, annual reports, and publications prepared by the Office.  The most recent edition of the Office's publication (Data Book) and its annual reports are presented.  Older reports appear in the Archives.  All policy studies and information reports completed since 2010 appear by year.

Office Staff:
Jon Enriquez, Ph.D., Director
Barbara Schmertz, Ph.D., Associate Director

Alexia Van Orden
Shauna Clarke

Peter Hobbs

Reports, Publications, and Studies are Adobe Acrobat files


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The Data Book provides information about student preparation, enrollment, completion, demographics, affordability, financing, degrees attained, and revenue and expenditures across Maryland postsecondary institutions.

2015  |  2014   |  2013  |  2012  |  2011



Opening Fall Enrollment

This report highlights preliminary data on fall enrollment submitted by Maryland colleges and universities.

2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011


Enrollment by Place of Residence

This report provides information concerning the places of residence of students enrolled in Maryland institutions of higher education during the fall of the chosen year. 

2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |  2010


Trends in Enrollment by Program

This report provides trend data on enrollment, and the information is grouped by each program under which the student is enrolled.

2014  |   2013  |   2012  |   2011 


Trends in Enrollment by Race and Gender

This report provides trend data on student enrollment, and the information is grouped by race and gender.

2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010


Enrollment Projections

This report provides perspective to higher education policy discussions at the state level, including facilities planning, tuition and fees issues, articulation, funding priorities, and retention and graduation rates.

2015-2024   |   2014-2023   |   2013-2022   |   2012-2021   |   2011-2020


Trends in Degrees and Certificates By Program

This report provides trend data on degree and certificate completion, and the information is grouped by each program exited.

2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010


Trends in Degrees and Certificates By Race and Gender

This report provides trend data on student degree and certificate completion, and the information is grouped by race and gender.

2014  |   2013   |   2012   |  2011  |   2010


Maryland Community Colleges

This report provides retention, graduation, and transfer rates for first-time, full-time students entering Maryland community colleges. The report includes information on student outcomes between one and four years following matriculation.

2015   |  2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010


Maryland Four-Year Institutions

This report presents data on the retention and graduation rates of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who initially enroll at public four-year colleges and universities in the state of Maryland. The graduation trends in this report include undergraduate students who persisted at and graduated from the campus at which they initially enrolled, as well as those who transferred to and then graduated from any of the four-year colleges or universities, including independent institutions, in Maryland.

2015   |   2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010


Performance of Community College Transfer Students at Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities

This report is composed of a set of tables showing, by campus, the undergraduate students who were enrolled at a Maryland community college, who later transferred to a Maryland public four-year institution.

2014   |   2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010  


Undergraduate Transfers Among Maryland Public Institutions

This report is composed of a set of tables showing, by campus, the undergraduate students who were enrolled in Maryland public colleges, who later transferred to another Maryland public college.

2012-2013   |   2011-2012  |   2010-2011   |   2009-2010   |  2008-2009


The Performance Accountability Report (PAR) focuses its analysis on three key higher education issues of affordability, closing the achievement gap, and degree progression and completion.

2014  - Vol. 1    |    Vol. 2
2013  - Vol. 1    |    Vol. 2
2012  - Vol. 1    |    Vol. 2
2011  - Vol. 1    |    Vol. 2
2010  - Vol. 1    |    Vol. 2


The Financial Aid Information System (FAIS) provides financial aid recipients, and the amounts of aid they receive during each academic year.

2013-2014  |  2012-2013  |  2011-2012  |  2010-2011  |  2009-2010  |  2008-2009  |  2007-2008


Best Practices and Annual Progress Toward 55% Completion Goal

This report tracks Maryland's progress toward having at least 55% of its residents age 25-64 holding at least one degree credential by 2025.

2014  - Appendix   |   2012  - Appendix



Community Colleges

Every three years, the Maryland Higher Education Commission conducts a follow-up survey of community college certificate and associate degree graduates a year after they have completed their program. The report generated from this survey provides information on completers’ perceptions of the quality of their institutional experience, post-graduation educational and employment statuses, and other related outcomes.

2011   |   2008   |   2007   |   2006   |   2004


Student Outcome and Achievement Studies

This report continues to serve as the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s response to the General Assembly’s 1988 charge to improve information to high schools and local school systems concerning the performance of their graduates at the college level.

2010   |   2008   |   2006   |   2001


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

This analysis is conducted periodically to review the assessment of undergraduate student learning at Maryland public colleges and universities. Because of the wide range of missions and student populations at Maryland institutions, there are no common standards for student outcomes. For this reason, institutions are expected to demonstrate how assessment of learning leads to improvements in teaching and learning, rather than demonstrating student progress toward a specific target.

2011  Vol. 1Vol. 2   |   2007   |   2004   |   2001   |   1998   |   1995


Distance Education at Maryland Colleges and Universities

This report examines trends in distance learning and analyzes data from distance education activities derived from MHEC Distance Education Surveys, and from MHEC’s Distance Education Survey and Report.

2011   |   2008   |    2006   |   2005



Unmet Need and Student Success at Maryland Public 4-Year Institutions

This report examines the impact of financial need on student success.

2014   |   2013   |   2007


Study of Relationship Between Student Persistence, Financial Assistance, and Expected Family Contribution

This study will examine the second year retention rate of new full-time undergraduates at Maryland public two- and four-year colleges and universities who had financial need on the basis of the amount and type of financial assistance they received, their expected family contribution (EFC), and the amount of unmet need that they experienced.

2007   |   2004-2005


Maryland Annual Collection Revision Report

Maryland Annual Collection (MAC) is the core series of public data collections from Maryland postsecondary institutions. Data collected through the MAC allows MHEC to produce financial, research, and policy reports on critical higher education topics.



Research Analysis Workgroup Recommendations for Standard Reporting of Multi-Race Data

This report provides recommendations for collection of multi-race data from Maryland postsecondary institutions.



Maryland Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Every three years, Maryland performs statewide surveys of graduates from Maryland four-year public institutions, independent institutions, and community colleges. These surveys are a valuable tool that helps the State and campuses better understand student outcomes.

2010   |   2007   |   2004


Minority Achievement Report

This report provides information about the progress public colleges and universities have made in the recruitment and retention of minority students, faculty, and professional staff.

2008   |   2005   |   2003   |   2002   |   1999   |   1996


Study of the Capacity of Maryland's Teacher Preparation Programs

This study examines the capacity of teacher preparation programs at Maryland colleges and universities to increase their production of new teachers.


ARCHIVES - contains archived policy studies, information reports, annual reports,
and publications prepared by the Office of Research and Policy Analysis.

For more information about any of the publications listed, please contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission at (410) 767-3301 or webmgr@mhec.state.md.us.  When requesting data, please include your name, telephone number, and email address.

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