"Estimating College Enrollment Rates for Virginia Public High School Graduates"
An average of slightly more than three out of five public high school graduates in Virginia in 2008 enrolled in higher education within a year of graduating, and only 37 percent in four-year colleges, according to a new study by the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia.
The report found students who earned a more-rigorous certificate, the Advanced Studies Diploma were nearly twice as likely to enroll in higher education than those who earned a standard diploma—85 percent versus 46 percent. More than 65 percent of the advanced-diploma graduates enrolled in four-year colleges compared with 12.8 percent of graduates with standard diplomas.
The analysis also showed that within a given type of diploma, enrollment gaps between black-versus-white, male-versus-female, and poor-versus-nonpoor students narrowed in 2008.
Vol. 30, Issue 23, Page 5Published in Print: March 9, 2011, as College Transitions