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 Ulster County performing?
TThe share of Ulster County graduates planning to attend 2-year college rose 8 percentage points from 2001 to 2014 to 43%. The proportion planning on a 4-year college decreased 9 points to 35%. This differed from seniors across the state, more of whom (49%) planned on 4-year college. Ten percent of Ulster seniors planned to find employment after graduation and 3% planned to join the military. Ulster's rate of seniors planning to find employment was higher than the state (excluding NYC) and regional rates (both 8%).
Overall college-going rates (2- or 4-year) were highest in the New Paltz (83%), Onteora (80%), and Saugerties (80%) districts. They were lowest in Ellenville (73%) and Rondout Valley (74%).
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.