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ERIC Number: ED525146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching for 80%: How Post Secondary Opportunities in High Schools Are Changing the College Going Culture in Stark County, Ohio
Rochford, Joseph A.; O'Neill, Adrienne; Gelb, Adele; Ross, Kimberly J.
Stark Education Partnership
In 2002, the Stark County Preschool through College (P-16) Compact set the goal of achieving an 80% college going rate. Such a goal seemed both audacious and daunting for a community where in 2001 only 17.9% of the adults held a Bachelor's Degree, or higher, and where only 49% of all high school graduates went directly to college. Nine years have now passed. The 11% increase in the county's direct college going rate since 2001 has been dramatic. In 2010 the rate passed 60%, representing a percentage increase of 22.4%. Stark's growth in graduation rates and college going is happening amidst a general rise in poverty that has affected all school district communities. From 23% of children on free and reduced lunch in 2001, the percentage had grown to 43.3% in 2009. What has happened? At many levels of the community and in many ways, Stark Countians are taking the 80% goal seriously. The college going culture, no longer the purview of just the best students, is changing. For schools and districts this means a new emphasis on preparing all students for college and in growing a menu of post secondary opportunities (PSOs) to enable students to get a head start by earning or banking college credit while in high school. The state of these opportunities and their potential impact on the students, families, schools and the community is the subject of this report. (Contains 26 footnotes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by the Key Bank Foundation.]
Stark Education Partnership. 400 Market Avenue North Suite B Plaza, Canton, OH 44702. Tel: 330-452-0829; Fax: 330-452-2009; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stark Education Partnership
Identifiers - Location: Ohio