On Nov. 14, Greg Cumpton, research associate at the Ray Marshall Center, met with members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce's College Readiness and Enrollment Team to present initial findings from a survey of seniors conducted in spring 2011. The senior surveys consisted of responses from over 6,000 students from ten area high schools. Garry Davis, graduate research assistant the David Fellow, developed the survey report and created the presentation, which is available at this link.
Key findings include:
- Respondents are mainly going to their counselors to discuss academic performance graduation plans
- Almost 90% of respondents reported taking a college entrance exam before they graduated
- Over half of the respondents reported submitting a financial aid application from January to June of their senior year
- In comparison to the class before them, the 2011 seniors
- More respondents are taking a college entrance exam during their junior year.
- Black, Hispanic and low-income respondents posted the highest percentage point increase, withÂ more Black and Hispanic respondents reported completed college applications or the Texas Common Application.
- More Black and White respondents reported applying for financial aid.