ERIC Number: ED396598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Descriptive Summary Report: With an Essay on Access and Choice in Postsecondary Education. National Education Longitudinal Study 1988-1994. Statistical Analysis Report.
Sanderson, Allen; And Others
This report describes the 1994 postsecondary education assistance patterns, job experiences, lifestyles, and values of the eighth grade class of 1988. The data from the report are from the 1994 Third Follow-up of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 which collected information on postsecondary education participation, employment, earnings, family formation, and other activities and experiences relevant to individuals as they are about to enter their adult lives. The first section of this report is an essay that examines the postsecondary education access and choice of the 1988 eighth grade cohort. Access to postsecondary education is defined in terms of factors related to enrollment into a postsecondary institution. Access and choice are examined differentially by sex, race, socioeconomic status, and tested achievement; special attention is given to outcomes for students who scored in the highest quartile of the 1992 math and reading test composite. The second part of the report consists of sets of tables which present other information about the education, jobs, and life experiences of the 1988 eighth grade cohort. The tables are organized into four sections which provide data on: postsecondary education expectations and experiences, labor force participation, family and financial circumstances and values, other activities, and civic participation. These data are then reported separately for young people with different types of high school experiences and backgrounds. Findings indicate that nearly 63% of the subjects were attending or had attended some type of postsecondary education by 1994. Almost three-fourths of 1988 eighth graders who enrolled in four-year institutions attended them in their home state, and most were enrolled full-time. More women and Asians than other groups reported they expected to obtain a Bachelor's or higher degree. There were no significant differences by sex or race/ethnicity in the access and choice variables for these subjects who scored in the highest quartile in the 1992 achievement test. Socioeconomic status affected expectations of degree attainment. Two appendices, containing technical notes and a glossary, are included. (JPB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Persistence, Access to Education, College Choice, Educational Attainment, Educational Experience, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, High Achievement, Higher Education, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Statistical Data, Student Educational Objectives, Student Employment, Student Placement, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.