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PEDAR: Executive Summary  Waiting to Attend College: Students Who Delay Their Postsecondary Enrollment
Introduction
An Overview of Delaye Entrants
High School Dropout Risk Factors and Academic Preparation
Duration of Delay
Student Characteristics
Enrollment Characteristics
Why They Enrolled
Overall Persistence and Attainment
Conclusions
Research Methodology
References
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 Introduction

When asked why they decided to enroll in postsecondary education, students who delayed enrollment reported various reasons as important, most of which were related to job training and career advancement. Reasons varied with how long delayed entrants waited to enroll. For example, reporting the need for training to enter the workforce declined as the duration of time between high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment increased (table 8). Conversely, students who reported enrolling in postsecondary education to change careers or improve job skills were more likely to do so as the duration of time between high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment increased.


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