Life After High School: A Look at Factors that Impact the Completion of Post-Secondary Applications
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The purpose of this study is to examine the important factors that can lead a high school graduate to submit an application to a post-secondary institution. There has been a recent increase in the national high school graduation rate and yet a decrease in college enrollment of high school graduates. By identifying these influential factors, schools can see which students will likely need assistance in pursuing a post-secondary education. This study reviews previous research to discuss what others have discovered in the area, as well as performs a logistic regression analysis to determine these factors based on a new data set. This research will also generate a model to predict the likelihood of a student applying to a post-secondary institution, providing clues as to which factors may be more substantial.