ERIC Number: ED360512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
After High School, Then What? A Look at the Postsecondary Sorting-Out Process for American Youth.
Haggstrom, Gus W.; And Others
Patterns of military service, college enrollment, and civilian labor force participation among recent high school graduates and dropouts were examined. The activities that young people pursued after high school were disparate and dependent upon a multitude of factors. The supply of entry-level workers did not keep pace with the demand for technicians, skilled craftsmen, and college-trained workers. Although the flow of high school graduates and dropouts into education and the labor force were matters of national concern, the educational and vocational activities that young people pursued were poorly tracked. According to estimates for 1986, the high school graduation rate was almost exactly the same as it was in 1976 and 1965. The composition of the high school graduating classes changed to reflect greater minority representation. Activity patterns during the first year after leaving school remained remarkably stable since the early 1970s, with some increases in both college enrollment and military enlistment rates in the early 1980s. Analyses of postsecondary activities during the rest of the 5-year period following high school revealed considerable turbulence in activity patterns, much of it into and out of short-term civilian jobs. For college entrants, progress toward degree completion was notably sporadic and drawn out. (Appendixes include 55 references and information on estimating numbers of high school graduates and on the database.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Armed Forces, College Attendance, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Labor Supply, Military Service, Postsecondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel (DOD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.