ERIC Number: EJ930684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-4
Reference Count: N/A
Soft Factors Influence College Enrollment
Fogg, Neeta P.; Harrington, Paul E.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jun 2010
Evidence about the role that "soft factors" like student engagement and school environment play in influencing whether high school students go on to enroll in college is hard to come by. Over the past two years, the Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS) of Northeastern University, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education, has explored the impact of these and other factors on the college-going rates of recent high school graduates from Rhode Island public high schools. This study is based on a unique database that CLMS painstakingly constructed linking institutional level data about high school students, teachers, parents and school-level characteristics with information on college-enrollment behavior of high school graduates from each public school in the state. The unit of observation in this study is the high school. The measure of student high school experiences in this study is defined as encompassing not only the academic and social attitudes, practices and outcomes of students, but also the academic and social organization and climate of their high schools, and the involvement and experiences of their teachers and parents. The sets of measures developed for this study provide new insights into the role that these soft factors play in explaining differences in college enrollment rates across high schools in the state. This article presents the summary of key findings.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, High Schools, Social Attitudes, Labor Market, High School Graduates, Social Organizations, Educational Environment, Enrollment, Higher Education, High School Students, Public Schools, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island