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The National Center for Education Statistics requests comments on the next stage of its Baccalaureate and Beyond 16/20 survey.

The primary purposes of the B&B studies are to describe the post-baccalaureate paths of new college graduates, with a focus on their experiences in the labor market and post-baccalaureate education, and their education-related debt. B&B also focuses on the continuing education paths of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates, as well as the experiences of those who have begun careers in education of students through the 12th grade. Since graduating from college in 2014-15 for the field test, and 2015-16 for the full-scale study, members of this B&B:16 cohort will begin moving into and out of the workforce, enrolling in additional undergraduate and graduate education, forming families, and repaying undergraduate education-related debt. Documenting these choices and pathways, along with individual, institutional, and employment characteristics that may be related to those choices, provides critical information on the costs and benefits of a bachelor's degree in today's workforce. B&B studies include both traditional-age and non-traditional-age college graduates, whose education options and choices often diverge considerably, and allow study of the paths taken by these different graduates. B&B:16/20 full-scale study student interview data collection is scheduled to take place from July 2020 through March 2021, and the panel maintenance activity requested in this submission is scheduled to take place from October 2019 through February 2020.

FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/01/2019-06224/agency-information-collection-activities-comment-request-201620-baccalaureate-and-beyond-bandb1620

Forms and Supporting Statement: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2019-ICCD-0041
Includes list of members of Technical Review Panel -- several economists

Comments due by May 31.

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