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A Classification System for 2-Year Postsecondary Institutions

By Ronald Phipps, Jessica Shedd, and Jamie Merisotis

This report explores the development of a classification system for 2-year institutions that can provide a framework for analysis and contribute to the discourse in public policy. The report discusses recent classification strategies put forth by researchers, and outlines a proposed classification system based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Data Analysis System (IPEDS).

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Mapping the Road to College: First-Generation Students' Math Track, Planning Strategies, and Context of Support

By Laura Horn and Anne-Marie Nunez

This study compares first-generation students (i.e., those whose parents have no more than a high school education) with their peers whose parents attended college. It focuses on mathematics course taking-the effectiveness of taking algebra in 8th grade and advanced math courses in high school in getting to college-and planning strategies students used to prepare for college. The report also examines the involvement of students' parents, teachers, and other "institutional agents" capable of helping them prepare for college.

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Choosing a Postsecondary Institution

By Susan Choy and Cecila Ottinger

Using data from BPS:95/96, this report examines the factors that students who enrolled in postsecondary education for the first time in 1995-96 considered when choosing their institutions. Specifically, it describes the importance of reputation, location, price, and influence and how this varies with student characteristics.

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Subsequent Educational Attainment of High School Dropouts

By Jennifer Berktold, Sonya Geis, and Phillip Kaufman

This report looks at 1988 eighth graders who dropped out of high school and examines their subsequent educational and employment experiences as of 1994. The analysis reveals that nearly half of dropouts had completed high school by 1994, either by earning a diploma or by obtaining an alternative credential.

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Continuity of Early Employment Among 1980 High School Sophomores

By Sonya Geis and Steven Klein

The employment experiences of HS&B sophomores in the first 18 months following the end of their education is explored relative to their employment in 1992. Students are identified according to whether they were continuously, sporadically, or primarily unemployed during the first 18 months after they finished school. Comparisons are made within three educational groups (i.e., the highest level of education attained): high school graduates, associate's degree recipients, and bachelor's degree recipients.

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