Academic Aspirations

Academic aspirations are related to longer term academic outcomes, such as academic attainment (graduation from high school, college enrollment and completion) (Redd, Brooks & McGarvey, 2001). High academic aspirations also have some relationship with non-academic outcomes, including abstaining from or practicing safe sex and therefore reduced teen pregnancies (Manlove et al., 2001).

Measuring interest in higher education can be done through a question about what young people plan to do after high school, including options like work, college, military, trade school. Success on this indicator may be reported by comparing the number/percentage of youth interested in higher education at program entry and at regular intervals thereafter, including at program exit. 

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Sources Cited

Redd Z., Brooks, J. & McGarvey, A. M. (2001). Background for Community Level Work on Educational Adjustment in Adolescence: Reviewing the Literature on Contributing Factors. Washington, D.C.: Child Trends.

Manlove, J., Terry-Humen, E., Papillo A. R., Franzetta, K., Williams, S. & Ryan S. (2001). Background for Community-Level Work on Positive Reproductive Health in Adolescence: Reviewing the Literature on Contributing Factors. Washington, D.C.: Child Trends.