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Table 6. Percentage of 2002 high school sophomores who delayed postsecondary enrollment and percentage distribution of their main reason for delaying enrollment, by selected student, family, and school characteristics: 2006

    Reasons for transferring1
Characteristic Percent attending more than one postsecondary institution Completed degree or certificate   Finished taking desired classes   To pursue bachelor's degree at 4-year college   Academic problems   Classes not available2 Dissatis-
faction with
program/
school/
campus/
faculty
  Location   Financial reasons   Family responsi-bilities   Personal health reasons   Traumatic experience   Another reason
Total16.97.2 15.1 13.7 12.9 13.630.0 22.7 19.1 9.4 5.4 4.3 28.8
                                               
Sex                                              
Female17.27.3 12.9 12.2 10.7 12.730.8 24.4 18.0 10.2 7.2 4.7 31.9
Male17.27.6 18.5 15.2 15.6 14.828.9 20.6 20.4 9.0 3.5 3.7 25.4
                                               
Race/ethnicity3                                              
White, non-Hispanic17.26.0 13.3 12.0 12.5 14.333.0 23.3 18.4 8.9 5.9 4.6 30.8
Black, non-Hispanic18.98.9 13.4 15.6 13.3 13.824.7 19.8 27.2 14.0 7.1 3.0 !26.3
Hispanic 15.411.2 20.8 14.8 13.7 8.625.1 21.1 13.9 10.4 3.2 4.3 !24.9
Asian, non-Hispanic14.67.5 !20.2 13.2 15.8 14.515.6 22.4 14.2 9.7 4.4 !4.3 !27.2
All other races, non-Hispanic20.08.9 !29.8 22.6 14.6 14.828.6 26.3 21.1 6.3 1.5 3.4 !23.8
                                               
Family income in 2001                                              
$0-20,00016.112.7 25.1 17.2 11.0 18.722.1 20.6 20.6 14.7 5.7 3.1 !24.5
$20,001-50,00017.08.5 15.5 13.0 11.0 14.028.4 22.5 20.6 10.0 3.7 4.1 28.5
$50,001-100,00017.75.9 12.2 12.5 14.1 11.531.5 22.5 20.2 7.6 6.1 4.8 30.5
$100,001 or more15.34.6 15.3 16.6 15.1 15.135.2 25.4 11.5 9.1 6.9 4.4 !27.8
                                               
Parental education4                                              
High school or less15.29.9 20.9 13.3 9.5 14.521.9 22.8 20.8 13.5 3.4 5.0 !24.2
Some college17.57.0 11.8 9.9 12.4 14.030.8 23.8 22.8 9.9 5.2 5.7 29.3
Bachelor's degree19.06.0 17.3 14.4 14.9 14.431.7 23.5 17.2 7.9 6.5 3.1 28.8
Graduate/professional degree16.57.8 14.4 19.1 14.6 11.233.4 19.3 13.7 8.1 6.1 2.7 !32.8
                                               
Native language5                                              
English17.67.1 14.4 13.3 12.7 13.831.3 23.1 19.4 9.3 5.7 4.3 29.0
Non-English14.58.5 23.7 15.0 15.4 11.718.4 19.3 17.1 12.2 3.3 4.1 !28.5
                                               
High school sector                                              
Public17.07.7 15.6 13.9 12.9 13.729.6 22.8 19.4 9.7 5.0 4.3 28.3
Catholic16.02.7 7.7 9.4 13.2 13.738.1 23.6 15.8 6.8 9.0 5.1 33.5
Other Private15.66.0 !15.6 16.1 12.2 13.327.3 19.9 15.9 7.2 7.4 2.8 33.5
                                               
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Respondents could give more than one reason for transferring.
2 Classes not available includes Scheduling not convenient.
3 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
4 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either the student’s mother or father (including guardians); or, if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
5 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT. The flag variable G10COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2002 high school sophomores interviewed in both 2002 and 2006.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."


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