Plans of High School Graduates
What does this measure?
The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school seniors reported in a state survey.
Why is this important?
Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Dutchess had the highest share of students planning to attend college (86%) in the region in 2014. The share headed to 4-year colleges fell 3 percentage points between 2001 and 2014 to 44%, while the proportion planning on 2-year college rose 4 points to 42%. Statewide (excluding NYC), 49% of seniors planned to attend 4-year college while 34% planned to attend 2-year college. Six percent of Dutchess seniors planned on finding employment after graduation, slightly lower than the rate statewide (8%), and 3% were headed for the military.
Overall college-going rates (2- or 4-year) were highest (90% or more) in the Arlington, Pawling, Spackenkill, and Wappingers school districts. They were lowest (below 75%) in Dover and Hyde Park.
Notes about the data
The plans of a high school senior may not come to fruition because of several reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the survey and graduation.