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Vocational Education [United States]: Survey of Characteristics of Students in Noncollegiate Postsecondary Schools, 1978-1979 (ICPSR 2374)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


This survey was designed to collect data on students currently enrolled in occupational programs in public and private noncollegiate postsecondary schools in the United States and Puerto Rico. Data were collected on students' age, sex, racial/ethnic background, current employment, future educational and employment plans, and parental background.

Series: Vocational Education Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION [UNITED STATES]: SURVEY OF CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDENTS IN NONCOLLEGIATE POSTSECONDARY SCHOOLS, 1978-1979. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02374.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02374.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    career goals, career planning, educational programs, postsecondary education, school enrollments, students, vocational education, vocational schools

Geographic Coverage:    Puerto Rico, United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1978--1979

Universe:    Students attending occupational programs in public and private noncollegiate postsecondary schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    The sample of schools was chosen from the 1978 Postsecondary Career School Survey and consists of 498 public and private noncollegiate postsecondary schools and a total of 8,274 students.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms

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:   2001-10-09


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