ERIC Number: ED293584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Area Schools Assistance Program (ASAP), Summer 1987.
Amarillo Coll., TX.
Since 1984, the Amarillo College-sponsored Area Schools Assistance Program (ASAP) has worked to: (1) identify recent high school graduates without postsecondary education plans and provide information to interested graduates on higher learning, obtaining work, or making other career decisions; (2) encourage and assist high school graduates who intend to apply for college, but have not completed the application process or must change their plans; (3) identify ways in which graduates who intend to work full-time might continue their formal education on a part-time basis; and (4) provide follow-up data on graduates for high school counselors and administrators. In July 1987, 2,290 recent high school graduates were surveyed by ASAP high school representatives to determine the graduates' characteristics and educational plans. Responses from 99.3% of those surveyed revealed that 76.1% of the students had definite post-high school plans, 15.5% had partial plans, and 7.1% had no plans. When asked specifically about their educational plans, 70.5% of the graduates indicated that they intended to attend a postsecondary credit institution, 25.9% reported no educational plans, and 3.6% planned to attend a non-credit or proprietary institution. A total of 1,373 graduates (59.9%) were working on a part-time or temporary full-time basis, while 270 (11.8%) had obtained a permanent full-time position. Beyond gathering information, the ASAP representatives made 1,058 referrals to postsecondary institutions, and another 122 referrals to Amarillo College's Career Center and 68 referrals to an employment agency. They also provided assistance to 1,362 graduates with college admissions procedures, financial aid applications, and transcript requests. Eight questions asking for evaluations of the program are presented along with responses by 10 high school representatives. The appendixes include a list of questions graduates might ask, the graduate follow-up form, and lists of participants' responsibilities. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Educational Counseling, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Guidance Personnel, Guidance Programs, High School Graduates, High Schools, Outreach Programs, Questionnaires, Student Educational Objectives, Terminal Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Amarillo Coll., TX.