2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS: 04/06). Methodology report. (NCES 2008-184)
The 2004/06 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/06) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to respond to the need for a national, comprehensive database concerning issues students may face in enrollment, persistence, progress, and attainment in postsecondary education and in consequent early rates of return to society. The BPS Longitudinal Study follows the paths of first-time beginners (FTBs) for a number of years as they navigate the system of postsecondary education, and captures transfer patterns, co-enrollment, and periods of nonenrollment (stopouts).