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April 27, 2018
College-Going



of 2017 Stark County seniors attended college in the fall immediately after graduation

Class Persistence


of Stark County students persisted from their freshman to sophomore year in college
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The Stark Advantage: Our BIG SIX

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin
 
Stark County has six colleges - the "Big Six" - of higher learning within its boundaries: four private institutions (Aultman College; Malone University
University of Mount Union; and Walsh University) and two public (Kent State University-Stark; and Stark State College). Close to a third of Stark's high school graduates attend a college/university in Stark County. From these institutions a student may earn a certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and/or a PhD.

Ohio wants to have 65% of its workforce (ages 25-64) hold a postsecondary degree or credential by 2025. Meeting that goal is becoming more and more of a possibility. In fact, Stark County ESC districts[1] saw a 4% increase in the percentage of graduating seniors attending college in the fall immediately following graduation - 60% for the Class of 2017 and 56% the previous year.[2]

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker, 73.8%[3] of students nationally persisted from freshman to sophomore year in college (starting as freshmen in the fall of 2015). Locally, 84% of greater Stark County residents persisted into their sophomore year in college.

Stark is gaining ground as our students enroll in college and persist past the first year. We, as a community, must continue to support our youth and families as they navigate the systems of education and the new economy. It's full steam ahead to success!


[1] Stark County Educational Service Center (ESC) includes 22 school districts in greater Stark County area, see http://www.starkcountyesc.org/.
[2] chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/CurrentTermEnrollment-Fall2017a.pdf
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