ERIC Number: ED472460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Opportunity and Achievement in Washington.
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
This report provides a broad overview of postsecondary opportunity and achievement in the state of Washington, posing three questions: (1) who is ready for postsecondary education? (2) who begins postsecondary education? and (3) who completes postsecondary education? Data are from the administrative records of Washington's public high schools, community and technical colleges, and public universities. Some data were also collected about students in private vocational schools, colleges, and universities. Data show that about 17% of public high school students do not graduate, with far higher rates among African American, Native American, and Hispanic students. Many who do graduate are ill-prepared for postsecondary education, and just over one-third of those who continue directly from high school to college will take a remedial course in their first year of schooling. Academic preparation lags among Native American, African American, and Hispanic students. More than 6 of 10 high school graduates in Washington continue directly to postsecondary education, and rates of continuation are not sharply lower for minority students. Taking a longer view yields a less promising picture of higher education participation, with only half of high school freshmen enrolling later in postsecondary education. Within 6 years of beginning postsecondary education, 45% of African American, 49% of Native American, and 53% of Hispanic students will complete their degrees at the public university where they began. Completion rates for White and Asian/Pacific Islanders are moderately higher, at 60% and 64% respectively. The paper discusses the implications of these findings for Washington postsecondary education. (Contains 4 tables and 21 charts.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Preparation, Educational Attainment, Graduation Rate, High School Graduates, High Schools, Postsecondary Education
For full text: http://www.hecb.wa.gov/Docs/reports/Opportunity5-2001.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington