There are 49 public and private non-profit 2-yr and 4-yr colleges and universities within the 7 county region. Additionally, there are 8 state public universities outside of this region. The technical support efforts of the PCC will focus on these 57 institutions. Use this map to explore student and institutional characteristics, as well as select outcome measures that are publicly available for each of these colleges.

Notes and Data Sources
  1. These data are collected from sources listed below and are only a sample of data that are important when looking at college outcomes in the region. It is widely understood that these publicly reported data, while useful for comparing institutions on a number of metrics, are often inadequate in presenting a comprehensive picture of all of the students served by these institutions. For example, IPEDs, the largest national source for much of the data reported here, is limited to calculating graduation rates only for first-time, full-time students in a given college. In some institutions, that is the majority of students, but in many colleges - often those that serve larger percentages of low-income, first generation college goers, and students of color - this represents a smaller portion of their entire student body. Future efforts of the PCC intend to improve and expand existing measures in partnership with colleges.

  2. Note on Pell grant recipients: In 2010–2011, 74 percent of Pell Grant recipients had family incomes of $30,000 or less.
    According to the College Board, about two-thirds of dependent undergraduates with family incomes below $30,000 received Pell Grants in 2007–08, compared with fewer than one percent of dependent undergraduates with family incomes exceeding $60,000.

  3. College Navigator | National Center for Education Statistics (2015 data)
    Size of undergraduate population; percentage of freshmen receiving Pell grants; 2-year and 3-year associate graduation rate; 6-year bachelor's graduation rate    
    College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics.

  4. College Results Online | The Education Trust (2013-14 data)  
    4-yr bachelor's graduation rate, median debt of completers

  5. The Education Trust (2013-14 data)
    Pell recipient 6-year bachelor's graduation rate; 6-year bachelor's degree graduation rate gap between Pell/non-Pell recipients.

  6. Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
    Total number of MAP awards given at the college; average amount of MAP grant per student at the college.

  7. Barron's Selectivity Rating
    College selectivity category.

  8. US Department of Education
    Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation.

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