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ERIC Number: ED511808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
A Longitudinal Study of the Illinois High School Class of 2002: A Six-Year Analysis of Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion. Policy Research: IERC 2010-3
Smalley, David J.; Lichtenberger, Eric J.; Brown, Kathleen Sullivan
Illinois Education Research Council
In 2003, the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) began to follow the members of the Illinois public high school class of 2002 (the Class of 2002) on their journeys through postsecondary education. There is a wealth of higher education information on these students, including enrollment and the completion of certificates and degrees. Also, a sufficient amount of time has passed to adequately explore bachelor's degree completion patterns, as the study period runs from the fall semester of 2002 to the end of the spring semester of 2008. In this report the authors provide a focused analysis of initial college enrollment and the attainment of intended outcomes for those enrolling at two-year and four-year institutions. They also highlight key findings regarding more specific pathways and completion patterns such as the bachelor completion rates for the students transferring from a two-year institution to a four-year institution. They explore the participation and completion outcomes by several student characteristics in addition to select characteristics of the students' respective high schools, as well as the postsecondary institutions in which they enrolled. Overall, 79% of the students in the Class of 2002 had enrolled in postsecondary education for at least one semester before the end of the spring semester of 2008. They found that nearly all (97%) of the students who initially enroll at a two-year institution are doing so at an Illinois community college. An appendix is included. (Contains 11 tables, 15 figures and 1 footnote.)
Illinois Education Research Council. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Campus Box 1064, Edwardsville, IL 62026. Tel: 866-799-4372; Tel: 618-650-2840; Fax: 618-650-2425; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois University, Illinois Education Research Council
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment
IES Cited: ED556748