Post Secondary

Enrollment, Persistence, & Completion

Perspective: the college pay-off and income equality College Does Help the Poor from the New York Times

In 2018-19, SAM commissioned a study of County-Wide graduating classes (2013 - Present) from the National Student Clearinghouse. Its reports, received in spring 2019, are providing vital information to our schools, district leadership, colleges and community groups willing to work to improve post-secondary outcomes for our students. Please contact Meghan Smith to request the Study Reports or schedule a review of them for your Action Planning.

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Though a four-year college degree is not for everyone, SAM Partners believe that, to have the greatest career options and economic mobility potential, our graduates will need to complete some form of post-secondary training: a certificate or technical program or a 2-year or 4-year degree program or military training.  Studies are reporting that 75% of all jobs will soon require additional training.  By preparing our graduates to leave high school college and career ready, they will be prepared to share their talents and skills as part of Spartanburg's robust economy.  The all students should be asking is is “which college fits my goals” and “how to I make sure I’m on track for the college I want to attend?” Likewise, parents and community members should be asking “what do we do to help ours students get themselves ready to be accepted into their school/program of choice, actually enroll, and complete their selected course of study?”

With our new data resources we are watching closely the relationship between students' graduation, enrollment, persistence, and ultimately the completion of their post-secondary training.