OSSE is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia charged with raising the quality of education for all DC residents. OSSE serves as the District’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Education and works closely with the District’s traditional and public charter schools to achieve its key functions:
In February 2014 OSSE entered into a pro bono partnership with the EAB, a subsidiary of the Advisory Board Company. The EAB serves academic and administrative leaders at over 700 institutions of higher education in North America through best practice research and technology solutions; additionally, a full 100% of its employees engage in pro bono and volunteer work all over the world. The goal of the OSSE-EAB partnership was to determine the student-level factors associated with success in postsecondary education.
EAB and OSSE worked together to analyze student-level data for graduates of District of Columbia Public and Public Charter high schools who enrolled in college or university after high school, and attempted to identify the factors behind student retention and completion as well as transfer behaviors. The team’s analysis revealed that District students on the aggregate struggle to persist through postsecondary and have high rates of institutional transfer. This in part led the project team to believe that our students are not making the most well-informed college choices. With this in mind, the project team devised the My College Fact Finder, a tool that provides students, their families, school counselors and college access providers with a wide variety of institution-specific information for over 2,000 colleges and universities, including data specific to District students, such as their rate of completion at a particular institution. It is the project team’s hope that this information will allow District of Columbia students to access data to inform their college choice.
The My College Fact Finder provides data directly to those making or assisting with critical postsecondary decisions. The tool allows access to key data for individual colleges and universities in the District of Columbia and across the country. In addition, users can access data specific to DC, allowing for a better understanding of how District students fared at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
This tool is designed to help District students make the most informed postsecondary selection, by providing relevant and important data on colleges and universities throughout the United States. Additionally, users can access a range of helpful resources that in conjunction with this tool can ease the postsecondary selection process, including a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about postsecondary education. Finally, please see the My College Fact Finder User Guides that have been specially designed for students, parents, and high school counselors.
This tool contains aggregate data on students from District of Columbia Public Schools and DC Public Charter high schools; no data for students that graduated from private or parochial schools in the District was included. The data included covers DC students from 2006 to the present. Institution-specific data covers the years 2013-2014. The sources of these data are the State Longitudinal Data Education Database (SLED), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). For more information on how the analysis in this tool was conducted, please see the My College Fact Finder Business Rules.