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Bandon High School 2020 graduation parade.
The coronavirus has changed many things, including students' postsecondary plans. In May and June of 2020, our external evaluator, Metis Associates, administered a senior exit survey in 17 of 22 rural Oregon GEAR UP high schools. A total of 529 students completed the survey (37% response rate). The survey asked students to identify their postsecondary plans (before and after the COVID-19 pandemic started), to reflect on their high school experiences, and to provide contact information so GEAR UP and the schools can continue to support them after transitioning out of high school.
Before COVID-19, the large majority of students were planning to attend a 2-year college (30.5%), followed by 4-year college or university (28.5%), and a 2-year/4-year institution (10.0%%). Smaller proportions were planning to work part-time or full-time only (9.4%), go into a certificate or trade program or apprenticeship (8.1%), were unsure (6.2%), join the military (5.3%), or had other plans (2.5%).
I changed my plans for financial reasons and to stay closer at home.
Read the full report for more insights. In late fall 2020, Metis will obtain and analyze college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Students’ postsecondary plans—as noted in the senior exit survey—will be compared to verified college enrollment data.
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