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March 2006 Press Release




Book gives statistical data about postsecondary education in Maryland 

Annapolis, MD (March 28, 2006) – Almost 60 percent of Marylanders have some college education, compared to a 54 percent nationally. More than 34 percent of Marylanders hold a bachelor’s degree; the national average is 26.6 percent. More than 15 percent of Marylanders hold a graduate or professional degree compared to a national average of 9.7 percent. Those and other statistics can be found in the 2006 Data Book, produced by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. 

“Maryland’s higher education system is among the best in the nation,” said Calvin W. Burnett, Secretary of Higher Education. “When you compare Maryland’s statistical data to national data, Maryland outperforms the nation in a number of areas.”

The Data Book, published annually, gives the general public, students, parents, legislators, education leaders, and opinion makers a statistical snapshot of postsecondary education in Maryland.

The Data Book contains figures about student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, degrees awarded, faculty, revenues and expenditures, tuition and fees, financial aid, and distance learning.. Information for community colleges, public four-year campuses, independent institutions, and private career schools is provided.

Among the statistics in this year’s Data Book:

  • In the 2004-2005 academic year, more than 53,000 degrees and certificates were awarded at Maryland campuses. 

  • Of all the degrees conferred in 2004-2005, 18.5 percent were associate’s degrees; 46.5 percent were bachelor’s degrees, 24.2 percent were master’s degrees and 4.3 percent were doctorates or first professional degrees.

  • Of all bachelor’s degrees awarded at Maryland institutions in 2004-2005, women earned 58.4 percent and African Americans attained 19.4 percent.

  • The second year retention rate of new full-time freshmen at public four-year campuses was 81.3 percent and the six-year graduation rate was 62.1 percent.

  • Nearly 8,000 Maryland community college students transferred to a public four-year institution in the State in the past year.

  • Forty percent of all revenues at Maryland community colleges and nearly half of all revenues at public four-year institutions came from student tuition and mandatory fees in FY 2005.

  • The number of credit courses offered by distance learning at Maryland colleges and universities nearly doubled between 1999-2000 and 2003-2004.


To view the Data Book electronically, log onto MHEC’s Web site at www.mhec.state.md.us.


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