Timing Is Everything? A Proposed Multi-State Model of Post-Secondary Transitions across Two Cohorts of U.S. Students
Megan Andrew, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Cecilia Ceja, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Despite the benefits associated with post-secondary education and baccalaureate attainment, policy makers and researchers have paid relatively little attention to stratification in post-secondary education. In this vein, we hope to contribute to the literature on post-secondary educational trajectories by addressing methodological and substantive weaknesses in the extant literature. Using data for two cohorts of U.S. students and a multi-state event history model, we propose an analysis of the temporal dimensions of post-secondary educational trajectories and how these trajectories may vary by social background and demographic characteristics, high school and post-secondary academic achievement, and cohort. We also propose to assess how educational trajectories differ in the context of competing responsibilities some students may face such as parenthood, employment, and marriage.
Presented in Session 64: Determinants of Educational Attainment