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ERIC Number: ED515839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Estimating College Enrollment Rates for Virginia Public High School Graduates. Issues & Answers. REL 2011-No. 104
Holian, Laura; Mokher, Christine
Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia
Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse and the Virginia Department of Education, this report examines college enrollment rates overall and by student academic and demographic characteristics for the Virginia public high school class of 2008. College enrollment is an issue of national concern. And many states, including Virginia, use college enrollment data to understand what types of students are ready for college--to prepare them for enrollment and improve their outcomes when they get there. But historically, Virginia state and local officials have had to rely on limited information (such as the state and national average percentages of high school students who enroll in college immediately after graduation) to identify enrollment patterns. These averages can be informative, but they mask substantial demographic variation and say little about what types of students enroll. This report uses the best available data on college enrollment from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and on high school graduates from the Virginia Department of Education to disaggregate enrollment by academic characteristics (diploma type, career and technical education [CTE] completer status, proficiency on state end-of-course assessments) and by demographic characteristics (race/ethnicity, sex, economically disadvantaged status, limited English proficiency status). It compares these data for enrollment in both two- and four-year colleges within one year of high school graduation. Cross-group differences identified in this report can serve as a benchmark for assessing rates of change over time as new data become available. Data sources and methodology are appended. (Contains 7 notes, 2 boxes, 3 tables, and 12 figures.) [This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia administered by the CNA Corporation. For the summary, see ED515847.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
IES Funded: Yes