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 analyses 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.
Jon Enriquez, Ph.D., Director
Barbara Schmertz, Ph.D., Associate Director
Alexia Van Orden
Reports, Publications, and Studies are Adobe Acrobat files
The Data Book provides information about student preparation, enrollment, completion, demographics, affordability, financing, degrees attained, and revenue and expenditures across Maryland postsecondary institutions.
Opening Fall Enrollment
This report highlights preliminary data on fall enrollment submitted by Maryland colleges and universities.
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.
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.
Trends in Enrollment by Race and Gender
This report provides trend data on student enrollment, and the information is grouped by race and gender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Financial Aid Information System (FAIS) provides financial aid recipients, and the amounts of aid they receive during each academic year.
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.
Graduate Follow-Up Survey Reports - 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.
Graduate Follow-Up Survey Reports - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unmet Need and Student Success at Maryland Public 4-Year Institutions
This report examines the impact of financial need on student success.
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.
DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING
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.
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.
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.
policy studies, information reports, annual
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. When requesting data, please include your name, telephone number, and email address.