Many thanks to Ellen P. from the 3:30 Introduction to Sociology class for acting as “Google jockey” and researching this tidbit in class on Tuesday (9/7).
In October 2009, 70.1 percent of 2009 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was a historical high for the series, which began in 1959. Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2009 were more likely than enrolled graduates to be in the labor force (70.0 compared with 42.1 percent).
Information on school enrollment and work activity is collected monthly in the Current Population Survey (CPS), a nationwide survey of about 60,000 households that provides information on employment and unemployment. Each October, a sup- plement to the CPS gathers more detailed information on full-time and part-time school enrollment status, level of education, and enrollment status a year ear- lier. Additional information about the October supplement is included in the Technical Note.
Recent High School Graduates and Dropouts
Of the 2.9 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school in January through October 2009, 2.1 million (70.1 percent) were enrolled in college in October 2009. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates has been trending up; in October 2008, 68.6 percent of recent high school graduates were enrolled in college. For 2009 graduates, the college enrollment rate was 73.8 percent for young women and 66.0 percent for young men. The college en- rollment rate of 2009 Asian graduates (92.2 percent) was higher than for recent white (69.2 percent), black (68.7 percent), and Hispanic (59.3 percent) graduates.
This is the blog for the sociology classes of Prof. Richard Hudak (Endicott College, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Merrimack College).
When I started this blog, I had been enjoying a lot of the TV series “The Ghost Whisperer” in reruns. In imagining what it might be like to talk to the dead, I began to muse that sociologists, too, were weird to the average person, and “have a gift” of being able to see the hand of social structure in everyday life. The Sociological Imagination is what makes us “special” or at least distinctive.
But this is not a gift we have inherited, like Melinda Gordon of the TV series. Rather it is one that has been bequeathed to us by teachers before.
For the past few years I have shared with my students a variety of internet content related to sociology. This is a more systematic effort to do so, and to give students the opportunity to create their own posts as well. Welcome to “The Structure Whisperer.”