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Descriptive Summary of 1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students: 5 Years Later


The authors wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of staff members of the in the preparation of this report. We owe special thanks to Larry Bobbitt, Project Officer, and C. Dennis Carroll, Branch Chief, of the Postsecondary Longitudinal Studies Branch for their guidance and help throughout all phases of the report. Robert Burton, Susan Ahmed, Mary Frase, and Marilyn McMillen reviewed the draft of the report in detail and offered many helpful suggestions to improve it.

We also wish to thank the members of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study technical review panel for their contributions to the planning of the study and the direction of the report. Dan Goldenberg at the Planning and Evaluation Service, U.S. Department of Education, and Carol Fuller at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities also reviewed the text and provided helpful comments.

The data collection and analysis of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study was the joint effort of MPR Associates and Research Triangle Institute, which conducted the data collection and prepared the data files. We wish to thank Daniel Pratt, the project director for the second follow-up at Research Triangle Institute, as well as Joe Simpson and Al Bethke, for their hard work, expertise, and cooperative spirit in all aspects of the project.

We wish to acknowledge the staff at MPR Associates who made this report possible. We thank each of them for their hard work, patience, and humor. The programming of the variables was the responsibility of Ellen Liebman and Vicky Dingler. Phil Pierpont and Ron Moscowitz assisted with data checking and running tables. Andrea Livingston and Karyn Madden edited the various drafts. Dawn Cayabyab, Don Eike, Sanjay Kothari, Laura Mihailoff, Leslie Retallick, Lynn Sally, Mary Sukkestad, and Connie Yin produced the figures, formatted the tables, and typed the text. Simone Figueroa coordinated the production of the report and produced the glossary. The guidance of Susan Choy and Laura Horn was invaluable. We thank these staff members for their efforts and the other staff at MPR for their support.

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