Topped the list as the most popular university or college for NCSS students graduating between 2008 and 2015. In 2016 GPC merged with GSU.
How many high school graduates from the Newton County School System (NCSS) attend college? Where do they go? Given that many NCSS seniors and their families are now thinking about the future, The Covington News recently asked these questions of Allison Jordan, NCSS director of testing, research and evaluation. Here are the answers.
Table 1 presents the total number of NCSS high school graduates per year, as well as the total and percentage who enrolled in a college or university the fall after graduation. The total number of graduates from all three NCSS high schools to enroll in post-secondary education between 2009 and 2015 was 4,875. That is 69 percent of the total of 7,038 graduates during that same seven-year period. Presumably the 2,163 students or 31 percent who did not attend college entered the workforce, joined the military, or were otherwise occupied.
One possible explanation for the decline in the percent of graduates enrolling in post-secondary education is economic recovery. During bad economic times, such as those experienced in 2008 and thereafter, there are fewer jobs and more people tend to go to college or university. In better economic times, as has occurred during the recent recovery, there are more jobs and post-secondary enrollments tend to decline.
NCSS high school graduates attend many different colleges and universities. Table 2 presents the ten most popular for each of Newton County’s three public high schools.
By far and away, Georgia Perimeter College and its new “institutional home,” Georgia State University, are the most common destinations for college-bound NCSS graduates.
The total number of NCSS graduates during the eight-year period from 2008 to 2015 that enrolled at either Georgia Perimeter College or Georgia State University the fall after graduation was 1,243. The next most popular post-secondary destination for NCSS graduates during the same period of time was the University of West Georgia which enrolled 182 NCSS high school graduates.
Nicholas E. Missler, associate dean of admission at Oxford College of Emory University, reported that three Newton High School graduates began at Oxford College fall 2014 and one fall 2015. One Eastside High School graduate started fall 2016. Douglas Hicks, dean, has stated his desire to recruit and enroll more local students at Oxford College.