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NCA C-Brief

New Data About the Discipline

July 14, 2017

NCA’s May C-Brief reviewed higher education equity indicators in the United States, as reported by the Pell Institute for the Study Opportunity in Higher Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy. Average college costs in 2015-2016 were 2.5 times higher than they were in 1974-1975, yet household incomes did not increase at the same rate. The report also highlights disparities in college costs across income categories, and suggests that students from lower-income families generally attend lower-cost colleges and universities. View the C-Brief here.

June’s C-Brief shows the growth in conferred degrees in Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs from 1970 to 2015, based on an annual report from the National Center for Education Statistics. The good news: The number of degrees conferred in the Communication discipline continues to increase across all levels of higher education. Check out the numbers here.

The latest Humanities Indicators project report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences found that there has been an overall decline in the number of conferred humanities bachelor’s degrees from 2012 to 2015. Despite this, the number of degrees in Communication conferred during this time increased – by 8 percent. Learn more here in the July C-Brief.