Plans of High School Graduates
What does this measure?
The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school seniors reported in a state survey.
Why is this important?
Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
Of high school graduates in 2012, 74% in Cayuga County and 70% in Seneca County planned to attend 2-year or 4-year college, compared to 84% in the state (excluding NYC). Cayuga and Seneca's college-going shares were similar to those of Oswego and Wayne, while Onondaga and Ontario had higher rates (both around 83%). In Seneca, a somewhat higher share of graduates have tended to plan on working, reaching a high of 16% of graduates in 2010 before dropping slightly to 15% in 2012. Cayuga had a decade high of 12% graduates planning to work in 2012, a 4 point increase from 2005. Both Cayuga and Seneca have tended to have fewer graduates planning on 4-year colleges than the state. While 48% of state graduates were headed to 4-year colleges in 2012, just 27% of Cayuga graduates and 28% of Seneca graduates were.
Notes about the data
The plans of a high school senior may not come to fruition because of several reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the survey and graduation.