ERIC Number: ED430489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Participation of New High School Graduates in Higher Education.
Fine, Kerry Kinney
This study, a follow-up to an earlier study which found declining rates of enrollment at institutions of higher education in Minnesota, examined the specifics of this trend. Major findings indicated: (1) the 1990s have seen a serious decline in high school graduate enrollment in Minnesota colleges; (2) the decline cannot be accounted for by more students enrolling in out-of-state institutions or by delaying enrollment for a year or two after graduation; (3) nationally, participation rates remained stable during the first half of the 1990s and have increased since then; thus, Minnesota's participation rank has dropped from ninth to twenty-first place; (4) looking at individual school districts shows that over two-thirds of districts are sending a smaller proportion of graduates to college in 1996 than in 1987; (5) rural districts have had greater declines overall than urban districts; (6) although both male and female participation rates have declined, the decline is greater among females; (7) whites and Asians had both the highest participation rates and the greatest declines; (8) academically, freshmen in 1996 are performing at higher levels than their counterparts in 1987; and (8) several factors may be contributing to declining participation a strong economy, increased costs of attendance, and stricter preparation requirements. (DB)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Colleges, Declining Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, School Demography, Sex Differences, Trend Analysis, Universities
Research Dept., Minnesota House of Representatives, 600 State Office Bldg., St. Paul, MN 55155; Tel: 612-296-6753; Web site: www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/hrd.htm
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul. Research Dept.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota