ERIC Number: ED220640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Plans Versus Actual Post High School Education and Employment Status. Classes of 1979 and 1980, One Year Later. A Report of the Minnesota Secondary School Follow-up System.
Irvin, Donald E.
A study was conducted to determine the degree to which the educational and employment plans of high school seniors corresponded to the actual activities in which these persons were engaged 1 year after high school. Data were gathered from a follow-up survey of 16,965 graduates of Minnesota high schools from the classes of 1979 and 1980. The findings showed no differences between classes. Slightly over 80 percent of high school seniors had plans to pursue education after high school, but only 62 percent of them were involved in educational activity 1 year after high school. Only 53 percent were engaged in the type of education they had planned. Of the people planning to attend colleges or universities, approximately 75 percent were enrolled 1 year after high school, while 45 percent of those who planned to attend community colleges actually did so. Forty percent of those who planned to go to vocational schools were enrolled. Of those with employment-related plans, 72 percent were involved in these areas 1 year after high school. Only 54 percent were engaged in the type of employment activity planned, and only 63 percent of those who had planned to have paid jobs actually did 1 year after high school. Conslusions show that the degree of correspondence between stated plans of high school seniors and their actual activities 1 year after high school varies greatly according to the type of planned activity. The overall correspondence between planned and actual activities were less than 50 percent. (KC)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High School Seniors, High Schools, Long Range Planning, Noncollege Bound Students, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Development Center for Vocational Education.