The College Degrees and Certificates Awarded report shows the count of undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees granted from Michigan colleges and universities in a given school year (July 1 – June 30). The report further breaks these metrics out by certificate and degree level, the program in which students obtained a degree, race/ethnicity and gender.
This report includes colleges and universities with different enrollment sizes. To add context, please see the College Undergraduate Enrollment report, especially when comparing different institutions.
For more detailed program data and additional student subgroup data, please download the complete data files for each listed school year. See the Technical Notes and Field Definitions for report labels listed in the downloadable data files.
The report is updated in late spring. See the Recently Posted Reports page for when the report was last updated.
- CEPI inherited the creation of this legislatively mandated report from the Talent Investment Agency, which formerly collected aggregate award data from Michigan’s community colleges. Data prior to 2017-18 can be found on the Michigan Community College NETwork website.
- Beginning in 2018-19, all Michigan independent colleges and universities are required to submit data to CEPI; however, not all of the data are legislatively required. Some independent institutions also submitted data for the 2017-18 school year; however, data are only included in the statewide aggregations in the downloadable data file (where the Public/Independent column = Public and Independent), not in the report visual. Although independent colleges are required to submit data as of the 2018-19 school year, they are only legislatively required to submit data related to students who are TIP and PELL grant recipients. Colleges that opt to also submit complete enrollment and award data are included in all of CEPI’s postsecondary reporting, not just the legislatively required reports. Please see the technical notes for additional information about reporting inclusion and data aggregations for independent colleges and universities.
See the MI School Data Quick Start Guide for the basics of navigating the site and customizing a report.
Use the dropdowns to select a school year, college type (2-year and/or 4-year), public and/or independent colleges, award category, and program category (2-digit CIP codes).
The “Detailed Programs” button breaks down the Award Count by Program chart with additional detail (4-digit CIP codes). You can review all detailed programs or select one or more specific programs from the dropdown.
The Center for Educational Performance and Information and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity collected the data used to complete this report.
- CEPI’s Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository Collection gathers enrollment, award information, and other data about Michigan public community college and university students. For details on data definitions and how data are collected, see the STARR Data Collection Manual.
- The Program Inventory Database contains program information submitted by Michigan community colleges and some universities, including whether a program is occupational in nature.
In Michigan, colleges and universities uniquely label their academic programs to describe their custom curriculums. For consistency, the report uses the program labels from the federal Classification of Instructional Programs. Therefore, the program category or field of study labels will likely be different than the school’s label.
For example, the CIP says that 11.0201 represents Computer Programming, but at various Michigan colleges, 11.0201 is called Software Development, Software Engineering or Computer Information Systems.
In the downloadable data file, programs at Perkins-funded community colleges and universities are categorized even further as “occupational,” meaning that these are programs that have a direct career relationship. All other programs are categorized as “non-occupational.”
Awards are uniquely counted at various aggregation levels. For example, say a student earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting (52.0301) and a bachelor’s degree in small business administration (52.0703) on May 1 from a university. These degrees are counted as two unique degrees at the 6-digit CIP code level, but would only be counted as one degree if counted as the 2-digit CIP code level (52). The downloadable report provides up to the six-digit CIP code data, whereas the dashboard visual report only provides 2-digit (Program Category) and 4-digit (Detailed Programs) CIP code level data.
If you have questions not addressed here or in the linked resources, please contact CEPI customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the glossary for additional terms and acronyms used on MI School Data.
Award Category: The description of the level of academic achievement represented by the degree or certificate. Review the STARR data manual for a complete list of enumerations.
Public/Independent: An indicator as to whether a college is publicly or privately controlled.