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H.E.L.P. Partners Review 2012 Senior Survey Results
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 4:53 PM

The Higher Education & Learning Partnership (HELP) in conjunction with The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District conducted a research study of the 2012 graduating high school seniors to determine their intentions related to college and career choices. Results of the study were reviewed at a recent HELP Partnership meeting. Modeled after the Ohio University Access and Success study of Appalachian Ohio, the survey was completed by nearly 70 graduating seniors in the district this past Spring. Results were compiled by The Ohio University Voinovich Center for Leadership. Area education partners recently reviewed the study’s results.

When asked if they plan to continue education right after high school, 67 percent of local seniors said yes (only four respondents indicated they did not plan to continue education at some point in the future.) When asked if they can afford to go to college, 49 percent said yes; 28 percent said no and 21 percent said they did not know.

“As I review the results of the survey answers on financial aid, I just think we need to do a better job of connecting kids and their families to the financial resources,” said Kevin Chenoweth, Student Services Manager at Ohio University Eastern. “We need families to know that there are a lot of options and resources for assisting with financial aid.”

The survey also included questions on the critical preparation factors for college access including whether students had taken the ACT test, completed the necessary federal financial aid forms and made college visits.