ERIC Number: ED425328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado GED Study. How Colorado Graduates Benefit from Passing the GED Tests.
Lance, Keith Curry
In 1996, follow-up questionnaires were mailed to a racially and ethnically stratified sample of 328 Coloradans who had earned General Educational Development (GED) diplomas in October-December 1995. Although responses were received from 235 (70%) of those surveyed, the response rates for African-Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders were too low for their responses to be examined separately. Two-thirds of the respondents were currently working toward college degrees, and one-third were receiving on-the-job training. Nearly half the respondents credited their GED with helping them obtain paying jobs, obtain better jobs, be promoted, or perform their jobs better. Since obtaining their GED, two-fifths of the respondents enjoyed better personal finances, two-fifths spent more time keeping up with current events, one-fifth obtained library cards for themselves or a child and used libraries more frequently, one-fifth registered to vote, and one-fifth began attending or attended more local community events. Health and psychological benefits credited to the GED included the following: ability to set more realistic goals, greater satisfaction with life, increased openness to change, improved self-understanding and problem-solving ability, better diet and exercise habits, and increased rates of undergoing medical and dental checkups. The survey instrument is appended. The bibliography lists 16 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Citizen Participation, Economic Status, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Health, High School Equivalency Programs, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Psychological Characteristics, Questionnaires, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. State Library and Adult Education Office.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests