November 19, 2014
“It is rare to be able to track students’ trajectories through high school and post-secondary education,” said James J. Kemple, executive director of the Research Alliance. “This is the first such study focused on New York City, and it has revealed some encouraging signs, as well as areas in need of greater attention. The findings provide a strong foundation for learning more about the barriers that limit some students’ college access and success.”
New York City’s progress in reducing high school dropout rates and boosting graduation rates is well documented. But with a high school diploma no longer guaranteeing job opportunities, policymakers, educators, and families are increasingly focused on helping students reach and succeed in college. The new report from the Research Alliance examines pathways into and through college and explores factors that may shape students’ post-secondary outcomes.
Key findings of the study include:
“The findings suggest that both high school preparation and supports offered in college make a difference in college outcomes,” said Vanessa Coca, a research fellow at the Research Alliance and the report’s author. “We’re eager to learn more about the conditions and experiences that shape students’ access to and success in college.”
The researchers stress that the report is an initial look at college enrollment and completion among New York City high school students. The findings raise many important questions, which the Research Alliance plans to address in future studies.
About the Research Alliance for New York City Schools
The Research Alliance for New York City Schools – founded in 2008 at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – conducts studies on topics that matter to the city’s public schools. It strives to advance equity and excellence in education by providing nonpartisan evidence about policies and practices that promote students’ development and academic success. For more information, please visit www.ranycs.org.
About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.
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