The Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) examines students' education and work experiences after they complete a bachelor's degree, with a special emphasis on the experiences of new elementary and secondary teachers. Following several cohorts of students over time, B&B looks at bachelor's degree recipients' workforce participation, income and debt repayment, and entry into and persistence through graduate school programs, among other indicators. It addresses several issues specifically related to teaching, including teacher preparation, entry into and persistence in the profession, and teacher career paths. B&B also gathers extensive information on bachelor's degree recipients' undergraduate experiences, demographic backgrounds, expectations regarding graduate study and work, and participation in community service.
All sampled students were initially identified as potential bachelor's degree recipients in the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). For the NPSAS, sample institutions provided lists of their eligible students who were then sampled by stratified systematic sampling with predetermined sampling rates that varied by student stratum. The target population for the B&B 2008-2012 study was students who completed degree requirements for a bachelor's degree between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008, and who were awarded their bachelor's degree by June 30, 2009 from a postsecondary institution in the United States or Puerto Rico.