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Table 309. -  Percent distribution of enrollment and completion status of first-time postsecondary students starting during the 1989-90 academic year, by type of institution and other student characteristics: 1994
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                                  |    Students starting in 2-year institutions     |   Students starting in 4-year institutions
             Student              |_________________________________________________|__________________________________________________
         and institution          |  Highest degree attained       |   No   |  No   |    Highest degree attained      |   No   |  No
         characteristics          |________________________________|degree, |degree,|_________________________________|degree, |degree,
                                  |Total, any|Certifi-|Asso-|Bache-| still  |not en-|Total, any|Certifi-|Asso- |Bache-| still  |not en-
                                  |  degree  |  cate  |ciate|lor's |enrolled|rolled |  degree  |  cate  |ciate |lor's |enrolled|rolled
__________________________________|__________|________|_____|______|________|_______|__________|________|______|______|________|_______
                1                 |    2     |   3    |  4  |  5   |   6    |   7   |    8     |   9    |  10  |  11  |   12   |  13
__________________________________|__________|________|_____|______|________|_______|__________|________|______|______|________|_______
Total ............................|     38.4 |   13.8 |18.6 |  6.1 |   13.6 |  48.0 |     60.4 |    2.9 |  4.2 | 53.3 |   15.2 |  24.4
                                  |__________|________|_____|______|________|_______|__________|________|______|______|________|_______
  Male ...........................|     34.6 |   13.0 |16.2 |  5.5 |   16.2 |  49.2 |     56.5 |    2.4 |  3.9 | 50.2 |   17.3 |  26.3
  Female .........................|     41.9 |   14.4 |20.9 |  6.6 |   11.2 |  46.8 |     63.9 |    3.3 |  4.4 | 56.2 |   13.4 |  22.7
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Age (as of 12/31/89)              |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  18 years or younger ............|     46.8 |    9.9 |25.8 | 11.0 |   14.7 |  38.5 |     64.4 |    2.4 |  4.0 | 58.0 |   15.3 |  20.3
  19 years .......................|     33.2 |   13.6 |19.3 |  0.2 |   17.4 |  49.5 |     47.8 |    4.7 |  3.0 | 40.0 |   16.7 |  35.5
  20 to 29 years .................|     31.2 |   18.8 | 9.9 |  2.5 |   12.0 |  56.8 |     34.8 |    5.3 |  6.9 | 22.5 |   12.7 |  52.5
  30 years or over ...............|     27.3 |   18.4 | 8.0 |  0.8 |    8.4 |  64.3 |     23.5 |    7.9 |  6.4 |  9.2 |   11.1 |  65.4
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Socioeconomic status              |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
 in 1989-90                       |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Low (25 percent) ...............|     31.9 |   18.1 |11.8 |  1.9 |    9.6 |  58.4 |     33.5 |    2.8 |  4.9 | 25.8 |   17.4 |  49.1
  Middle (50 percent) ............|     36.9 |   14.9 |16.6 |  5.4 |   14.8 |  48.3 |     53.8 |    3.7 |  5.0 | 45.1 |   17.0 |  29.2
  High (25 percent) ..............|     45.4 |    8.9 |26.6 |  9.9 |   13.9 |  40.7 |     67.3 |    2.4 |  3.5 | 61.3 |   13.8 |  19.0
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Race                              |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  White, non-Hispanic ............|     39.0 |   13.1 |19.6 |  6.4 |   12.2 |  48.8 |     61.4 |    2.7 |  4.4 | 54.3 |   14.1 |  24.4
  Black, non-Hispanic ............|     35.2 |   17.8 |14.1 |  3.2 |   11.3 |  53.5 |     50.8 |    4.6 |  4.3 | 41.9 |   21.3 |  27.9
  Hispanic .......................|     38.2 |   15.3 |16.4 |  6.6 |   20.5 |  41.3 |     50.6 |    1.3 |  2.1 | 47.2 |   21.3 |  28.1
  Asian/Pacific Islander .........|     37.6 |   15.0 |16.7 |  5.9 |   23.0 |  39.3 |     67.6 |    2.7 |  1.7 | 63.1 |   18.5 |  13.9
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Highest education level of parents|          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Less than high school diploma ..|     30.3 |   19.2 | 9.1 |  2.0 |   10.2 |  59.5 |     55.8 |    7.1 |  6.6 | 42.0 |   14.7 |  29.6
  High school diploma ............|     39.6 |   14.6 |18.7 |  6.3 |    9.8 |  50.7 |     50.5 |    4.6 |  4.6 | 41.3 |   16.7 |  32.8
  Some postsecondary .............|     39.0 |   11.4 |20.9 |  6.8 |   16.3 |  44.7 |     58.1 |    2.1 |  4.9 | 51.2 |   14.9 |  26.9
  Bachelor's or higher ...........|     43.0 |    9.8 |25.0 |  8.2 |   21.1 |  35.9 |     68.1 |    1.8 |  3.2 | 63.1 |   14.7 |  17.2
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Dependency status in 1989-90      |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Dependent ......................|     43.5 |   11.7 |23.5 |  8.4 |   14.6 |  41.8 |     62.9 |    2.6 |  4.0 | 56.3 |   15.3 |  21.8
  Independent ....................|     28.8 |   17.6 | 9.4 |  1.8 |   11.7 |  59.5 |     33.1 |    6.2 |  5.4 | 21.5 |   14.1 |  52.8
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Dependent student family          |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
 income in 1989-90                |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Less than $20,000 ............. |     40.6 |   12.7 |22.3 |  5.6 |   14.4 |  45.1 |     52.5 |    3.0 |  4.9 | 44.5 |   18.2 |  29.3
  $20,000 to $39,999 .............|     44.0 |   13.1 |21.5 |  9.3 |   12.6 |  43.4 |     58.1 |    2.5 |  4.0 | 51.5 |   16.5 |  25.5
  $40,000 to $59,999 .............|     44.5 |   12.1 |23.3 |  9.1 |   12.5 |  43.0 |     64.8 |    3.3 |  4.1 | 57.4 |   15.5 |  19.6
  $60,000 or more ............... |     46.1 |    5.9 |30.5 |  9.8 |   23.6 |  30.2 |     72.2 |    1.7 |  3.4 | 67.1 |   12.2 |  15.6
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Delayed postsecondary enrollment  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Did not delay\1\ ...............|     46.4 |   11.1 |25.8 |  9.5 |   15.1 |  38.5 |     64.1 |    2.4 |  4.0 | 57.7 |   15.5 |  20.4
  Delayed entry ..................|     28.4 |   17.1 | 9.6 |  1.7 |   11.6 |  60.0 |     32.6 |    6.4 |  5.4 | 20.8 |   12.7 |  54.7
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Attendance status when began at   |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  first institution               |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Full-time ....................  |     48.0 |   12.6 |25.6 |  9.8 |   13.7 |  38.3 |     63.9 |    2.6 |  4.0 | 57.4 |   14.9 |  21.2
  Part-time ......................|     27.3 |   15.0 |10.6 |  1.8 |   14.4 |  58.2 |     33.3 |    6.4 |  8.2 | 18.7 |   14.9 |  51.9
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Intensity of enrollment through   |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  first degree                    |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Exclusively part-time ..........|     12.6 |   10.9 | 1.6 |  0.2 |    7.7 |  79.8 |      9.7 |    5.5 |  2.5 |  1.7 |    5.9 |  84.4
  Mixed full-time and part-time ..|     46.5 |   14.3 |24.7 |  7.5 |   22.3 |  31.3 |     59.4 |    2.9 |  4.1 | 52.4 |   19.8 |  20.8
  Exclusively full-time ..........|     51.3 |   15.7 |26.1 |  9.6 |    7.3 |  41.4 |     67.3 |    2.5 |  4.4 | 60.3 |   11.2 |  21.6
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Degree working towards at first   |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  institution                     |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  None ...........................|     13.0 |    6.0 | 3.6 |  3.4 |   13.8 |  73.3 |     30.5 |    5.3 |  4.4 | 20.8 |   12.4 |  57.1
  Certificate ....................|     44.0 |   37.7 | 6.2 |  0.2 |    5.3 |  50.7 |     57.3 |   15.2 |  9.3 | 32.8 |    9.4 |  33.3
  Associate's degree .............|     42.6 |   11.4 |23.7 |  7.5 |   12.1 |  45.2 |     44.0 |    5.8 | 16.7 | 21.5 |   13.1 |  43.0
  Bachelor's .....................|     36.9 |    8.1 |21.0 |  7.9 |   22.5 |  40.6 |     62.6 |    2.4 |  3.1 | 57.1 |   15.6 |  21.8
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Worked full time while enrolled   |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  when began at first institution |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Did not work full time .........|     44.9 |   15.4 |22.1 |  7.3 |   11.9 |  43.2 |     61.9 |    2.8 |  4.2 | 54.9 |   15.9 |  22.2
  Worked full time ...............|     26.6 |   11.6 |12.2 |  2.8 |   16.7 |  56.7 |     55.5 |    3.5 |  4.4 | 47.6 |   12.5 |  32.1
                                  |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
Control of first institution      |          |        |     |      |        |       |          |        |      |      |        |
  Public ........................ |     36.7 |   12.9 |17.5 |  6.3 |   14.7 |  48.6 |     54.8 |    3.2 |  4.7 | 47.0 |   18.4 |  26.8
  Private, not for profit ........|     52.2 |   14.5 |29.6 |  8.1 |   12.5 |  35.3 |     71.9 |    2.3 |  3.0 | 66.6 |    8.6 |  19.5
  Private, for profit ............|     52.0 |   22.9 |26.8 |  2.3 |    1.5 |  46.5 |      --- |    --- |  --- |  --- |    --- |   ---
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\1\Students with a standard high school diploma who attended higher education in the same year as their graduation.
---Data not available or not applicable.

NOTE.--Data reflect completion and enrollment status by spring 1994 of first-time postsecondary students starting academic year 1989-90. Some cells in this table have relatively large sampling errors.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal Survey, 1994. (This table was prepared February 1999.)


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