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Research and Evaluation

PGCPS Class of 2013: Analyses of High School Experience & Immediate Transition to College

 Caroler Portas Keane, Ph.D. & Kola K. Sunmonu, Ph.D.


Overall, the findings from the SY2013 Graduate Survey suggest that most members of the PGCPS Class of 2013 are satisfied with the quality of instruction they received in their core classes.  They also indicated that the quality of academic advising they received was good.  The vast majority recalled receiving encouragement from counselors, but lower percentages cited tangible assistance they received in making their post-high school plans.  Members of the Class of 2013 were less positive about how well the schools prepared them for the future, particularly how well they were prepared for college.  Still, most (78%) expressed an intention to attend either a four-year or two-year college upon graduation.  However, analyses of data from the National Student Clearhouse indicate that less than 50% of the Class of 2013 actually enrolled in a college immediately following their graduation.  The aspiration-achievement gap vis-à-vis enrolling in college by the fall is wider among graduates who plan to attend a two-year college.  Whereas about 54% of four-year college aspirants actually enrolled in a four-year college, with another 17% enrolling in a two-year college, less than half of the Class of 2013 who plan to attend a two-year had enrolled in the fall.  Results from two logistic regressions indicate that Hispanic students, FARMs participants, and males, as well as those who do not have a parent who went to college have a lower probability of realizing their plans to go to college immediately after high school graduation.  The negative impacts of the socio-economic factors notwithstanding, the results of the analyses indicate that factors (such as, getting good grades, GPA equal or greater than 2.5, completing the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA), and applying to multiple colleges) within the control of students, their parents, and schools have a significant and much higher impact on increasing the probability that graduates who plan to enroll in a college immediately after graduation will achieve their aspirations.


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