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ERIC Number: ED499880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 53
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Work-Based Learning & Higher Education: A Research Perspective. American Higher Education Report Series
Swail, Watson Scott; Kampits, Eva
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The Higher Education -- Students Speak II survey was developed by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and the Educational Policy Institute to identify the types and breadth of work-based learning activities that four-year college students experienced during high school, and to determine the correlation of these activities on their postsecondary experience. The survey, administered to eight institutions in spring 2002, queried first-year students at four-year institutions about their work-based learning experiences during high school and about their learning preferences. A subsequent transcript analysis allowed us to collect outcome data, including cumulative Grade Point Average, credits earned, and persistence. We conclude that students who participate in a high school work-based learning activities achieve at the four-year postsecondary level as well or better than students who do not participate in these activities. Given that vocationally-oriented students are less likely to enroll in a four-year institution of higher education, our findings that work-based learning students, as defined by those who participate in two or more activities, do enroll at the postsecondary level AND do as well as other students has implications for admissions and recruitment practices. (Contains 4 footnotes, 9 figures and 13 tables. Three appendixes are included: (1) Tables; (2) Definitions; and (3) Effective Program Practice.) [This document was published by the Educational Policy Institute (EPI).]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A