ERIC Number: ED309820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Enrollment, Completion, Attrition, and Vocational Course-Taking Patterns in Postsecondary Education: A Comparison of 1972 and 1980 High School Graduates Entering Two-Year Institutions. High School and Beyond, National Longitudinal Study of 1972. Survey Report. Contractor Report.
Horn, Laura; Carroll, C. Dennis
Information about the educational progress of 1972 high school seniors from the National Longitudinal Study (NLS) and information from the High School and Beyond (HS&B) Study about 1980 high school seniors were analyzed to compare the patterns of enrollment, program completion, dropout rates, and vocational course-taking patterns of members of the 1972 and 1980 cohorts who entered two-year institutions. Study findings included the following: (1) rates of enrollment in two-year colleges were higher in 1980 than in 1972 regardless of sex, race or ethnicity, or parental education; (2) Hispanic students enrolled in two-year colleges at higher rates than Black students in 1972 and at higher rates than either Black or White students in 1980; (3) the HS&B students had lower rates of degree completion than the NLS students among males, White students, affluent students, and students whose parent(s) had a bachelor's degree or higher; (4) dropout rates were higher among 1980 graduates than 1972 graduates regardless of sex, socioeconomic status, or parental education; (5) approximately equal proportions of students entered vocational programs in 1972 and 1980; (6) vocational students had higher overall dropout rates than the whole student body in both groups; (7) while the average number of vocational credits earned remained steady between the NLS and HS&B studies, the average number of academic credits earned dropped; and (8) computer science, business management, business support, marketing and distribution, and communications programs experienced an overall increase in the proportion of students earning credits from 1972 to 1980. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Associate Degrees, College Attendance, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Dropouts, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Females, Followup Studies, High School Graduates, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Males, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972