ERIC Number: ED290914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Who Are the High School Graduates Who Don't Go to College?
Frank, Kenneth A.; Lee, Valerie E.
Surprisingly little research has been conducted on noncollege-bound high school graduates who do not fall into some other category such as disadvantaged or unemployed. A study used data drawn from the High School and Beyond research (a multipurpose national longitudinal study of America's high school students) to examine 4,537 high school graduates (class of 1980) who did not attend a two- or four-year college within two years of their high school graduation. Fifty-eight percent of the class of 1980 attended college, leaving 42 percent that did not. Not surprisingly, students from the highest social levels and with the highest levels of academic achievement were most likely to attend college. On the other hand, many of those who did not choose to attend college could have chosen to do so (this appeared especially true for qualified blacks, who often chose full-time employment over college). Of those 1980 graduates who did not attend college, 3,667 found full-time employment and 870 engaged in "other" activities. Four years after graduation, a full 30 percent of the 870 persons in the "other" category had found full-time employment. The remaining graduates were involved in the following activities: vocational education (9.6 percent), apprenticeship (2.0 percent), government training (0.5 percent), living alone (5.4 percent), Manpower (2.9 percent), a Comprehensive Education and Training Act program (12.1 percent), the Youth Corps (2.8 percent), employer training (11.6 percent), church activities (19.8 percent), noncredit college courses (8.2 percent), and social clubs (17.1 percent). (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: High School and Beyond (NCES)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Boston, MA, October 14-17, 1987).