In recent years, a number of publicly and privately funded initiatives have fueled the effort to spur more Idaho high school graduates to pursue a postsecondary education, but to little effect. This morning, a new study from the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy Research shed some further light on why nearly half of the Gem State's high school grads don't "go on."
According to the latest statistics, 53 percent of females and 38 percent of males of the high school graduating class of 2014 were enrolled in a postsecondary education in the fall of 2014.
The study, which surveyed nearly 400 young men and women in the spring of 2015 reveals:
- Males and females "think differently" about life after high school. A measurably higher percentage of males think about "making money" after high school while more females cited "expanding horizons" as their most important consideration.
- Too many young adults in Idaho don't believe postsecondary education pays off.
Additionally, the McClure Center said immediate financial need was one of the top reasons for not enrolling in a postsecondary education. That's why the center also announced Friday morning that its next report will drill into college affordability as well as college preparation.
Read the full report here