ERIC Number: ED208794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Capsule Description of Young Adults Seven and One-Half Years After High School. National Longitudinal Study Sponsored Reports Series.
Burkheimer, Graham J.; Novak, Thomas P.
A summary is presented of some of the results from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School of 1972, which examined the vocational activities, plans, aspirations, and attitudes of young adults after they leave high school, along with their postsecondary experiences and family and community activities. By October 1979, about one-fourth of the class of 1972 had obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, while another fourth had never enrolled in postsecondary education. Among those who had aspired to postsecondary education as high school seniors, the majority had achieved or exceeded their expectations. Whites were considerably more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to have received a bachelor's degree by October 1979. As of October 1979, more than four out of five of the graduates were employed either full-time or part-time. High school graduates with six or more years of work experience had about the same hourly earnings as college graduates with less than two years work experience. Part-time work rates were greater for women than for men, and black women worked part-time at higher rates than white women in the three years following high school, but at lower rates since 1977. Over three-fourths of those working were in the private sector, about 17 percent were in the public sector, and 5 percent were self-employed or in a family business. College graduates were more than twice as likely as those with no college education to be employed in the public sector. As of October 1979, 57 percent of the men and 70 percent of the women were or had been married. Selected questionnaire items and information on the research methodology are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Bachelors Degrees, College Attendance, College Bound Students, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Employment Experience, Family Life, Females, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Marital Status, Noncollege Bound Students, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Differences, Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972