University of Washington - Beyond High School (UW-BHS) (ICPSR 33321)
Principal Investigator(s): Hirschman, Charles, University of Washington; Almgren, Gunnar, University of Washington
The University of Washington - Beyond High School (UW-BHS) project surveyed students in Washington State to examine factors impacting educational attainment and the transition to adulthood among high school seniors. The project began in 1999 in an effort to assess the impact of I-200 (the referendum that ended Affirmative Action) on minority enrollment in higher education in Washington. The research objectives of the project were: (1) to describe and explain differences in the transition from high school to college by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic origins, and other characteristics, (2) to evaluate the impact of the Washington State Achievers Program, and (3) to explore the implications of multiple race and ethnic identities.
Following a successful pilot survey in the spring of 2000, the project eventually included baseline and one-year follow-up surveys (conducted in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005) of almost 10,000 high school seniors in five cohorts across several Washington school districts. Parents were also surveyed in 2000, 2002, and 2003. Additionally, a ten-year follow-up survey of the 2000 senior cohort was conducted in 2010.
The high school senior surveys included questions that explored students' educational aspirations and future career plans, as well as questions on family background, home life, perceptions of school and home environments, self-esteem, and participation in school related and non-school related activities. The ten year follow-up surveys collected information on educational attainment, early employment experiences, family and partnership, civic engagement, and health status. The surveys also collected detailed demographic information, including age, sex, ethnicity, language, religion, education level, employment, income, marital status, and parental status.
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Hirschman, Charles, and Gunnar Almgren. University of Washington - Beyond High School (UW-BHS). ICPSR33321-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-01-16. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33321.v4
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33321.v4
This study was funded by:
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: academic ability, academic achievement, academic standards, achievement tests, demographic characteristics, education, education reform, educational change, educational environment, educational objectives, educational opportunities, educational planning, educational policy, educational populations, educational programs, educational system, employment, enrollment projections, ethnic discrimination, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, ethnicity, family background, family relationships, family size, high school graduates, high school students, minorities, parental influence, private schools, public schools, race, racial attitudes, racial discrimination, scholarships, school attendance, school choice, school districts, school dropouts, school enrollments, social inequality, social integration, socioeconomic status, student attitudes, student behavior, student evaluation, student financial aid, students, universities
Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: High school seniors in the state of Washington graduating in the years 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and the parents of seniors in the 2000, 2002, and 2003 cohorts.
Data Types: administrative records data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
For more information about the UW-BHS project, please see the University of Washington - Beyond High School project Web site.
Study Design: Subjects were selected via a random sample of the target population. High school seniors were surveyed using a traditional paper and pencil questionnaire in the spring (April or May). One-year follow-up surveys were conducted from January through June. Attempts were made to contact every senior survey respondent by phone, email, and letter. Finally, the ten-year follow-up survey of the 2000 high school senior cohort was administered online.
Evaluation of the completeness of coverage of the senior survey is clouded by the definition of who is a high school senior, and the logistics of locating students who are nominally registered as high school students, but are not attending school on a regular basis. In theory, high school seniors are students who have completed the 11th grade, are currently enrolled in the 12th grade, and are likely to graduate from high school at the end of the year. In practice, however, there are considerable variations from this standard definition. Some students consider themselves to be seniors (and are taking senior classes and are listed as seniors in the school yearbook), but are classified in school records as juniors because they have not earned sufficient credits. In addition to "fourth-year juniors," there are a number of "fifth-year seniors," who didn't graduate on time and have returned to take one or two courses.
Furthermore, errors of coverage arise since about 10 percent of students are not enrolled in comprehensive high schools within the school districts; omissions include home-schooled students, and those attending alternative programs for students with academic, behavioral, and/or disciplinary problems.
The final sample includes just over 9,600 students who were first interviewed in the spring of their senior year in high school and followed-up one year later.
Weight: The data are not weighted.
Mode of Data Collection: paper and pencil interview (PAPI), web-based survey
High school records
Description of Variables: The baseline UW-BHS senior survey covers about 200 items, including a broad range of questions on family background, educational plans, perceptions of encouragement from teachers, peers and family members, and standard scales to tap self-esteem, self-efficacy, and other social psychological dimensions. The ten-year follow-up survey of the 2000 high school senior cohort focuses primarily on the key components of young adulthood, including educational attainment, early career and work history, family and partnership formation, civic engagement, and health statuses.
Response Rates: For regular students -- graduating seniors enrolled at and attending one of the five major high schools -- the response rate is about 80 percent. If a broader universe of students is considered, including students with marginal affiliation to high school and other hard to contact students, the effective rate of coverage of all potential seniors is probably about 70 percent.
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2012-04-05
- 2015-01-16 The study has been updated to include a public-use data file and associated documentation. The public-use dataset contains 503 fewer variables than the restricted-use dataset; additionally, a number of variables have been recoded. These alterations were undertaken to preserve respondent anonymity and minimize the risk of disclosure.
- 2013-05-17 The study was updated to include data from the ten-year follow-up survey of the 2000 cohort, which was conducted in 2010. Overall, 578 variables were added to the collection. Additionally, 73 variables were removed by the principal investigators. For more information on which variables were removed or added, please consult the processing notes in the study codebook.
- 2012-04-10 The Codebook and other documentation are being released as public.
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