Stark Exceeds State Average in High School Students Going to College
New figures from the Ohio Board of Regents show Stark County nearly 6% above the state average in the percentage of high school graduates going directly on to college in Ohio.*
This is the fifth consecutive year, the Stark college-going rate has been above the state.
Stark's average is 50.7% to a statewide average of 45% for the class of 2006, the latest figures available. The state average was exceeded by 12 of the 17 Stark County districts.
There were 114, 559 public high school graduates in Ohio in 2006 and 51, 991 went on to college within the state the following Fall. Stark graduated 4,305 students the same year with 2,183 going on to colleges and universities in Ohio.
These figures, however, do not reflect the total college participation rate in either Stark County or the state due to two critical factors. The first is out of state college enrollment and the second is delayed college entry.
Out of state enrollment may add as much as 12% to the college participation rate according to the U.S. Department of Education.** Additionally, there is a growing trend for students to wait a year or longer after high school graduation before enrolling in college. In 2004, the Ohio Board of Regents estimated that as much as 34% of the incoming freshman class in Ohio was composed of these older students.
· Source- Ohio Board of Regents, Profile of Recent High School Graduates Enrolled as First Year College Students-Fall 2002 to Fall 2006 By High School District of Graduation
·· Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Residence and Migration of First-Time Freshmen Survey