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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.

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