ERIC Number: ED332622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-19
Postsecondary Educational Experiences of High School Graduates. CRS Report for Congress.
Apling, Richard N.
The report summarizes data on the postsecondary educational experiences of 1980 high school graduates based on three major longitudinal data sets: the National Longitudinal Survey of the 1972 high school class; the High School and Beyond study of 1980 high school seniors; and the High School and Beyond study of 1980 high school sophomores. Findings include the following: (1) about one-third of the graduates of the high school class of 1980 had not enrolled in postsecondary education by 1986; (2) more than half of those high school graduates who began full time at four-year institutions in the fall of 1980 continued as full-time students for four years, while the others either dropped out of postsecondary education or followed an alternative path, such as part-time enrollment or temporarily leaving and then returning to school; (3) more than 80% of 1980 high school graduates who followed an alternative path into postsecondary education enrolled at a community college or other less-than-baccalaureate level institution; (4) 1980 high school graduates who began and continued full-time at four-year institutions earned about 60% of the baccalaureate degrees awarded to 1980 high school graduates by 1986; (5) Black and Hispanic students and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who began and continued full-time at four-year institutions were less likely than white students and those from more prosperous backgrounds to have earned a Bachelor's degree by 1986. (LPT)
Descriptors: Attendance, Bachelors Degrees, Blacks, Colleges, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Educational Experience, Educational Trends, Enrollment, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Postsecondary Education, Reentry Students, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Trend Analysis, Undergraduate Study, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.