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January 2002 Issue

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Internet Resource of the Month

By Mon Nasser
Email: mon@ao.net

Resource gifNational Center for Education Statistics

As part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the main federal agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. NCES uses the information to learn about the condition of education in the United States and other countries. NCES reports their findings to the public and makes them available on the NCES Web Site.

The site is full of articles, studies, and interesting statistics on education. For example, visit the Postsecondary Education Fast Facts page to learn the answers to these questions:


How long does it take students at colleges and universities to complete their degrees?


How many Bachelor's Degrees were conferred in 2000, and what percent went to females?


How many schools offer distance learning programs?


What university has the largest endowment fund? (answer: Harvard University with over 9 billion dollars!).


How much does the U.S. spend on colleges and universities?


How do the states compare on the completion of high school and college?


What is the average income for students graduating from postsecondary institutions ?


What are the most popular majors for postsecondary students? (you guessed it, business)


How do professors at colleges and universities spend their time?

The site also has a tool that enables users to search for all Public Schools, Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Public Libraries across the United States.  Simply enter your zip code and miles from zip, and you will get a complete list!  How about getting information about a  school near you?  Simply use the "Find your school" page and get info such as enrollment and number of students to each teacher. 

The NCES web site address is http://nces.ed.gov



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