ERIC Number: ED309710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Student Progress in College: NLS-72 Postsecondary Education Transcript Study, 1984. Survey Report.
Knepper, Paula R.
By looking at progress of students from entry into postsecondary education (PSE) through completion of the bachelor's degree, it is possible to find out more about those students who do not go directly to college and graduate exactly 4 years after high school and compare them with more traditional peers. Data come from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS-72) and its related Postsecondary Education Transcript Study conducted in 1984. Patterns of progress and attendance are shown for the 12-year period following high school. The two main topics addressed are: (1) the average time taken to complete each level of postsecondary education through a bachelor's degree; and (2) how many students take longer than normally expected to progress through postsecondary education. Results indicate the following: expectations for the time to complete any level or year of PSE are shorter by 3 to 9 months than actually taken by 1972 high school seniors; men are more likely to take longer at each level than women; the longer students wait to start PSE after high school, the more likely they are to take extra time to complete the freshman year; and completion of each level within the expected time contributes to continuation through the next level of postsecondary education. Two appendices are: methodology and technical notes (methodology, PSE computed variables, accuracy of estimates, and instructions for obtaining more information); and data for the study's figures. Contains 28 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Data Series: NLS-72/84.