ERIC Number: EJ792563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Ask and You Shall Perceive: Vermont and New Hampshire Ask High School Seniors--"What Next?"
Lemaire, Ingrid; Arce, Wanda
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n5 p15-16 Spr 2005
Who are New England's future college students? What is the shape of the region's future educated workforce? The answers to these questions may be found in part in the region's high schools where each year, 150,000 or so graduating seniors decide whether and where to go to college. It's a group most states do not consult often enough as they forge higher education policies. Vermont, however, has been doing so for a quarter-century, and New Hampshire is now following suit. In the spring of 2002, a K-12 and higher education collaborative called the New Hampshire Partnership for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education Research (NH PAPER) piloted a survey modeled after Vermont's, asking seniors at 21 New Hampshire high schools about their postsecondary education and career plans and their perceptions of the education they received in high school. Last year, with support from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation, the Measuring Aspirations and Participation survey was administered statewide to 8,100 graduating seniors at 56 public high schools and eight private high schools. The New Hampshire initiative offers a unique opportunity for students to provide feedback on their high school experience and for administrators to gather important trend information and useful data for planning, revising and upgrading curriculum. Some schools have used the findings to make curricular and guidance adjustments necessary to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The survey provides the higher education community with valuable insights about student preparation and plans for higher education. It also promotes understanding of the "pipeline" to New Hampshire higher education and, to the extent that students who go to college in their home state are more likely to work in that state upon graduation, a glimpse of the state's future educated workforce. This article presents some key findings from the class of 2004 survey.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Futures (of Society), Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Aspiration, High School Seniors, Surveys, Federal Legislation, Human Capital, Feedback (Response), Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire; Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001