ERIC Number: ED351548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Follow Up Study of Non College Bound Somerset County High School Graduates June 1990, New Jersey.
Doty, Charles R.
A follow-up study sought to determine what happened to the 1990 noncollege-bound graduates of all the high schools in Somerset County, New Jersey. Data were gathered through a mailed survey and telephone follow-up (approximately 45 percent response) of the 408 graduates of the 12 of 13 high schools providing names. Some of the findings from analysis of the data gathered from the 185 respondents were the following: (1) 9 months after graduation, 150 graduates were employed and 35 were unemployed; (2) of the college-prep high school graduates, 17 were unemployed and 5 unemployed; (3) of the vocational students, 38 were employed and 11 unemployed; (3) of the vocational-technical graduates, 15 were employed and 1 unemployed; (4) of the business graduates, 9 were employed and 6 were unemployed; (5) courses of study identified as being most helpful by those employed were mathematics, vocational-technical, cooperative education, and industrial arts--about one-third of the graduates did not believe any high school courses had been helpful in obtaining employment; and (6) the most important sources for locating employment were friends and relatives, want ads, cooperative education programs, and self-initiative. The study had some methodological problems, primary of which was that it was announced initially that it would "prove" that vocational education was superior to other high school courses of study, resulting in reluctance of schools to provide names for the study and one school sending only names of employed graduates. (Appendixes include a letter to guidance counselors, orientation to telephone interviewers, letter to 1990 graduates, and the survey instrument.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey (Somerset County)
Note: Statistical assistance by Linda S. Hirsch.