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The Colorado Pipeline

Eighth grade, ACT scores, high school graduation, application and admission to and enrollment in
Colorado public colleges and universities as new freshmen fall 2004.

With focus on the subset of applicants with CCHE admission indices of 103 and above


Compiled by Lou McClelland, CU-Boulder Office of Planning, Budget, and Analysis,
January 2006; revised 3/06 with ACT and other-institution data

# Group
         Percentages

All counts are "unduplicated" -- a single student is counted only once no matter how many colleges he/she applied to or was admitted to
Total Student of color total Black, non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian or Pacific Islander Hispanic White Unknown* Students of color as pct of total in row

Source, notes

A Eighth-graders, end of year 1999-2000, CDE 52,951 15,118 2,787 586 1,810 9,935 37,833   29% Calc D-B
B Net transfer, eighth grade to graduation, CDE 1,466 685 91 19 28 547 781   47% CDE
C Net transfer rate, CDE 3% 5% 3% 3% 2% 6% 2%     Calc B/A
D Graduation base: Eighth-graders adjusted for net transfer, CDE 54,417 15,803 2,878 605 1,838 10,482 38,614   29% CDE  
D2 Urban Institute (UI) graduation base equiv: Ninth-graders start of 00-01 adj'd for net transfer, (Calc'd from N of grads and UI grad rate) 67,179 22,789  4,478  990  2,200  15,122  44,390   34% Calc E/F2
E Took the ACT 46,183 9,412  1,720  480  1,509  5,703  27,451      9,320 20% ACT
F Average ACT composite score 20.3 17.6  16.9  18.2  20.4  17.1  21.4 19.5   ACT
G Avg HS GPA, self-report from ACT takers (** groups not reported by ACT but included in totals) 3.0 2.8  2.7  **   **   **   3.1     ACT
H Estimated avg CCHE index  based on avg ACT comp score (rounded) and avg self-reported HS GPA of ACT takers 94 86 82 ** ** ** 98     Calc
I Colorado high school graduates, 2004  44,773 11,392 2,194 403 1,597 7,198 33,381   25% CDE
J Graduation rate (graduates / base), CDE, 2004 82% 72% 76% 67% 87% 69% 86%     Calc E/D
J2 Graduation rate, (graduates / UI equiv base) Urban Institute, 2004 69% 50% 49% 41% 73% 48% 75%     UI
K Statewide total applicants to Colorado 4-year public institutions 24,399 5,140 929 316 1,081 2,814 18,182 1,077 21% CCHE
L Pct of HS grads who applied to any Colorado 4-yr public 54% 45% 42% 78% 68% 39% 54%     Calc G/E
  All remaining lines are limited to applicants with CCHE admission indices of 103 or better.  103 is the level set by CCHE for CU-Boulder; students with indices
under 103 may be admitted but are "in the window," and the overall percentage of admits in the  window is limited. 
Examples of 103: HS GPA 3.4 with ACT 21; GPA 3.6 with ACT 19.
Note:  Indices are calculated only for students applying to 4-year public colleges and universities.  Non-applicants could have equivalent credentials.
M Statewide total applicants to any public 4-year college or university with CCHE admission indices of 103+.   13,902 2,190 289 128 689 1,084 11,114 598 16% CCHE
N Pct of apps to 4-yr publics who had 103+ 57% 43% 31% 41% 64% 39% 61% 56%   Calc I/G
O Pct of HS grads who BOTH applied to any 4 yr public AND had 103+ 31% 19% 13% 32% 43% 15% 33%     Calc I/E
P Statewide total applicants admitted to any Colorado 4-year public institution, with admission indices 103 or better.   13,332 2,139 272 119 686 1,062 10,578 615 16% CCHE
Q Pct of apps admitted, of apps to 4-yr publics with 103+.  Apps not admitted may not have been complete, or on time.  96% 98% 94% 93% 100% 98% 95%     Calc L/I
R Statewide total enrolled at any Colorado public, 4-yr or 2-yr, of applicants to 4-yr publics with 103+ 10,041 1,575 186 93 478 818 8,083 383 16% CCHE
S Pct of 103+ admits enrolling at any Colorado public 75% 74% 68% 78% 70% 77% 76% 62%   Calc N/L
T Statewide total enrolled at any Colorado 4-yr public, (not 2-yr), of applicants to 4-yr publics with 103+ 9,554 1,476 174 82 464 756 7,718 360 15% CCHE
U Pct of 103+ admits enrolling at any Colorado 4-yr public.  Others went to privates, out of state, not at all, or deferred. 72% 69% 64% 69% 68% 71% 73% 59%   Calc P/L
V Pct in 4-yr schools, of all 103+ enrolling in any Colorado public 95% 94% 94% 88% 97% 92% 95% 94%   Calc P/N
  CU-Boulder, fall 2004, Colorado residents with 103+ admission indices
W Applicants to CU-Boulder with 103+ 6,472 1,087 120 40 448 479 5,024 361 17% UCB
X CU-Boulder as pct of statewide 103+ applicants to any Colorado 4-yr public 47% 50% 42% 31% 65% 44% 45% 60%   Calc S/I
Y Applicants admitted to CU-Boulder with 103+ 5,788 1,031 111 37 433 450 4,438 319 18% UCB
Z CU-Boulder admit rate for Colorado apps with 103+
Reasons for not admitting a 103+ app:  App late or incomplete, deficiency in HS units, declining HS grades 
89% 95% 93% 93% 97% 94% 88% 88%   Calc U/S
AA CU-Boulder as pct of statewide total 103+ applicants admitted  43% 48% 41% 31% 63% 42% 42% 52%   Calc U/L
BB Enrolled at CU-Boulder, with 103+ 2,830 509 41 20 227 221 2,185 136 18% UCB
CC Yield for CU-Boulder, with 103+.  Yield = pct of admits who enroll 49% 49% 37% 54% 52% 49% 49% 43%   Calc X/U
DD CU-Boulder as pct of enrolled at any Colorado 4-yr public, 103+ 30% 34% 24% 24% 49% 29% 28% 38%   Calc X/P
  Total Student of color total Black, non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian or Pacific Islander Hispanic White Unknown* Students of color as pct of total in row Source, notes
Admit offers to applicants not applying to any CU campus, by institution.  One student admitted to two institutions counts in two rows.  
Students may or may not have enrolled at the institution listed, or at any college anywhere, or at a college in Colorado.  
 
Adams State College 248 69 9 5 1 54 171 8 28% CCHE
Colorado School of Mines 654 82 9 2 33 38 527 45 13% CCHE
University of Northern Colorado 1,648 209 31 19 42 117 1,382 57 13% CCHE
Colorado State University 2,971 378 53 37 90 198 2,536 57 13% CCHE
Fort Lewis College 360 43 0 10 7 26 286 31 12% CCHE
Mesa State College 397 35 3 2 3 27 345 17 9% CCHE
Metropolitan State  College of Denver 484 70 13 8 12 37 392 22 14% CCHE
Colorado State University - Pueblo 395 89 18 5 9 57 291 15 23% CCHE
Western State College 254 18 2 0 1 15 233 3 7% CCHE
Total admit offers; may count a single student in multiple rows 7,411 993 138 88 198 569 6,163 255 13% Calc
Total unduplicated admits who did not apply to any CU campus 6,149 836 117 76 171 472 5078 235 14% CCHE

 

Notes and sources

  • *Unknown includes did not answer, answer not fit into categories, refused to answer, and a handful of international. CDE reports no unknown.
  • **ACT HS GPA data broken out by "African-American" "white" and "other minority" only
  • CCHE source: Office of Research and Information Management, 10-7-2005, from SURDS fall 2004 Undergraduate Applicant File (UAF)
           Plus 1/06 from UAF and from SURDS fall 2004 enrollment file
           Plus L:\IR\Minor\revisedCGUCBIndexOther_notinCUSYS.xls
  • UCB source: Lou McClelland, CU-Boulder Planning, Budget, and Analysis, 10-7-2005, from SURDS fall 2004 UAF for Boulder.
           PBA ref L:/ir/minor/AppFlow2004, pipeline2004
  • ACT source: ACT High School Profile Report, HS Graduating Class 2004, State Composite for Colorado
  • All CCHE and UCB figures are Colorado residents for tuition purposes only, new freshmen only (no transfers).
  • "UI: Urban Institute source: Projections of 2003-04 High School Graduates: Supplemental Analyses based on findings from
           Who Graduates? Who Doesn’t, Christopher B. Swanson, Education Policy Center, The Urban Institute, and Class of 2004
           Graduation Data, Colorado Department of Education.
  • CDE: Colorado Department of Education
           State graduation rates by district by race/ethnicity and gender, Student end of year 2003-04 data summary, 9/8/2005
  • CCHE admission index

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Last revision 12/06/07


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