High School Absenteeism and College Persistence

Essential Question:
What are the effects of chronic absenteeism in high school on post-secondary persistence and success?

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Persistence into Fourth Year (Fall 2012) of Postsecondary Education

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We followed this cohort of 2009 RI public high school graduates over the four years after graduation. In Fall 2012, only 50 (12%) of the 408 chronically absent graduates in our cohort who enrolled full-time in RI Public Postsecondary Institutions in Fall 2009 persisted into a fourth year. This compares to 660 (36%) of graduates with low high school absenteeism.

Click here to see persistence information for all students by enrollment status (full-time/part-time/all students).


Interested in other measures of academic preparedness?
- Click here to see data on class of 2009 average cumulative GPAs for Fall 2009 through Fall 2012.
- Click here to see data on class of 2009 cumulative course completion for Fall 2009 through Fall 2012.


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