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ERIC Number: ED197113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Pages: 297
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Short-Term Postsecondary Education and Work Four Years After High School.
Selby, David
This study investigates employment benefits from postsecondary education or training (PSE) below the baccalaureate degree. The kinds of PSE considered are (1) two-year academic degrees, (2) two-year vocational degrees from colleges, (3) two-year vocational degrees from vocational schools, (4) non-degree credentials, and (5) participation not resulting in any credential. Benefits measured included employment success during 1975-76 and occupational status, hourly earnings, and satisfaction with pay and with jobs. The analyses also examined PSE influence on changes in job status and hourly earnings over the period 1974-76. Data for the study are from follow-up surveys of a large, nationally representative sample of 1972 high school graduates. Major findings include the following: (1) people with sub-baccalaureate PSE had some employment advantage over comparable people whose education stopped with high school; (2) benefits are largely indirect; (3) sub-baccalaureate PSE does not eliminate status and wage disadvantages for women and minority-group members, and (4) individual PSE participants cannot depend on realizing the average benefit for a given credential. Additionally, the study found that participation in PSE pushed back the date for job entry resulting in loss of job experience and seniority, a major disadvantage to some people in certain occupations. (Twenty tables in which data are analyzed with a multitude of variables are included in the appendixes.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Froomkin (Joseph) Inc., Washington, DC.