Reports and Research

Institutional Research and Assessment releases reports aligned with the goals of continuous, comprehensive self-evaluation and improvement. An overview of recent research projects and full reports are available below. For information about reports that are not listed below, please contact us.

Peer Comparison Report 

Every two years, a peer comparison report compares Berklee to a selected group of peer schools on a variety of the most recent data publically available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data center. Comparisons are made to institutions with a similar focus on music and/or art education. The peer comparison report benchmarks Berklee to peer schools using concrete data points on enrollment, retention and graduation, admissions and selectivity, faculty, endowment, tuition, and financial aid.

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A list of Berklee's peer schools is available on the Institutional Research and Assessment website. (login required)

Women in the Music Industry

Institutional Research and Assessment partnered with the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Women in Music (WIM) to create the first study of its kind in the U.S., Women in the U.S. Music Industry: Obstacles and Opportunities. This report presents the results of almost 2,000 responses from women to a survey administered in the summer of 2018 examining the socioeconomic landscape of women working in the music industry across the U.S. This short infographic summary highlights the study's main findings.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, Gender Parity at Festivals: Women at Woodstock in 1969, 1994, and Beyond examines the history of U.S. music festivals and the inclusion of women performers from the 1960s through 2019. The study found that women and mixed gender acts made up 26 percent of performers at Woodstock in 1969, the same level noted in a Pitchfork article for 2017. The paper reflects on historical trends and potential approaches to improving gender parity on festival stages.

Berklee Articulation Agreement Student Statistics

Through credit-transfer agreements (CTA), the curricular alignment between Berklee and select academic partners allows students to transfer specific courses taken at the partner institution to Berklee in order to complete their program of study. In summer 2018, an analysis shows academic success of students attending Berklee from partner schools with credit-transfer agreements.

Berklee India Exchange Participant Analysis

The Berklee Indian Ensemble was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing an open and inclusive creative space for musicians from all over the world to explore, study, interpret, and create music influenced by the rich and varied mosaic that is Indian music today. From spring 2011 to spring 2018, 284 Berklee students have participated in the Berklee Indian Ensemble or Berklee India Exchange. This report includes demographic data such as sex and ethnicity; programmatic data such as principal instrument, major, and minor; and student success data such as cumulative grade point average and graduation rates.

Berklee First Year Abroad First Year Outcomes

Berklee’s First Year Abroad (FYA) program was introduced in 2017, allowing students the option of spending their first two semesters studying at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. This program was evaluated at the end of the first year, finding that students had comparable academic success to their Boston peers. 

National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) measures student voter registration and the voting rates of students who are eligible to vote in U.S. elections. These results are based on enrollment records submitted to the National Student Clearinghouse and publicly available voting files collected by Catalist. The Institute of Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University organizes this data and submits it to participating institutions to help them learn about their students' political engagement. For more information about NSLVE, visit the study's website.