ERIC Number: ED314507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns and Consequences of Delay in Postsecondary Education: 1972, 1980, and 1982 High School Graduates. Survey Report. National Longitudinal Study 1972. High School and Beyond.
Eagle, Eva; Schmitt, Carl
Patterns of delay in entering 4-year, 2-year, and less-than-2-year postsecondary institutions (PIs) for 1972, 1980, and 1982 high school graduates are described. Two types of delay were studied: (1) delay in beginning at a particular type of institution, and (2) stopping out for a period before returning (i.e., leaving school for over 2 months or a summer period and returning to school afterwards). This report uses information about the educational progress of 1972 seniors from the National Longitudinal Study and information from the 1980 senior and sophomore cohorts of the High School and Beyond Study. The data are taken from all years between the graduating year and February of 1986, when the last follow-up survey was conducted on each cohort. Over 40% of the high school graduates had enrolled in 4-year institutions by 1986, about 30% enrolled in 2-year institutions, and about 10% enrolled in less-than-2-year institutions. More students in 4-year institutions entered during the fall term after high school graduation than did students in other types of PIs. Delayed entry was most common for students in less-than-2-year institutions, and this was true for students from all three cohorts, regardless of gender or socioeconomic status (SES). Students from high SES backgrounds were less likely to delay entry into 4-year institutions than were other students, and a higher proportion of low SES students in 4-year institutions delayed entry than did either medium or high SES students. There was no consistent relationship between gender and the likelihood of delay among students at any PI. The combined rate of degree attainment and upward transfer was higher for students who entered postsecondary education immediately after high school than for students who delayed entering postsecondary education. At non-4-year institutions, attainment rates for stopouts were consistently lower than for delayed entrants. Four bar graphs and five data tables are provided. A discussion of the methodology and technical notes, a glossary, and supporting tables are included. (RLC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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