ERIC Number: EJ793934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Good Intentions: Many Mainers Plan to Go to College, but Don't
Plimpton, Lisa; Quint, Colleen J.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v22 n2 p25-26 Fall 2007
There is a growing gap between Maine high school graduates' "college intentions" and their actual college enrollment, according to a recent study by the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute. A follow-up to a similar study the institute conducted five years ago, the new research is based on enrollment data from colleges and Maine public high schools, surveys of more than 3,000 Maine parents, students, young adults and educators and group interviews in 19 high schools around the state. The researchers were surprised to learn that despite steady increases in the proportion of graduating seniors planning to enroll in college, actual college enrollment stayed flat in the first part of this decade, then began to decline. In 2001, 64 percent of Maine's high school graduating class reported intentions to enroll immediately in college, and 62 percent actually enrolled within one year. By 2005, 70 percent of graduating seniors statewide intended to enroll in college, but only 60 percent enrolled within a year. The college-going rate dipped to a low of 57 percent for the class of 2006, according to the report.
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Graduates, Young Adults, Enrollment, College Bound Students, High School Students, Higher Education, Career Planning, Academic Achievement, Graduation Requirements, School Districts, Community Colleges, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Maine