ERIC Number: ED232566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Using College Participation Rates: Opportunities and Pitfalls. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Christal, Melodie E.
The issue of participation rates of college students at the international, national, state, and institutional levels is addressed. At each level, attention is directed to potential data sources, problems associated with using the data, actual participation rates, and applications to educational planning. College participation rates at the international level provide an indication of the importance of postsecondary education to a country, and can be used to determine how a country ranks among other countries. At the national level, participation rates in the United States are available annually for different population groups and the most common breakdowns are for sex, age, race, and income. Uses of the state-level participation rates include: (1) enrollment projections and (2) as a relative measure of access to and importance of higher education in the state compared to other states. At the institutional level, participation rates can be determined at almost any level, such as schools or programs. Data tables include: postsecondary participation rates for 12 countries for selected years; college participation rates by age, sex, race, and ethnicity; participation rates of high school graduates by state; and participation rates for state residents per 1,000 population for 1978. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).