Kids Today

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Soon the class of 2000 will be leaving familiar high school halls and venturing forth toward colleges and jobs. How do today's students feel about school and the future? What do they think about the world around them? Techniques has culled these statistics to give career and technical educators a good look at kids today.

Postsecondary Prognostications

More of today's high school graduates are going on to postsecondary education, causing college enrollments to swell. Here are some enrollment projections for two- and four-year public institutions.

2000   Two-year institutions     5,602,000
       Four-year institutions    6,147,000

2005   Two-year institutions     5,741,000
       Four-year institutions    6,378,000

2009   Two-year institutions     5,986,000
       Four-year institutions    6,729,000

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1999-2000 Almanac Issue, U.S. Department of Education.

Of Future Importance

What matters most to the next crop of young adults? Here are the percentages of college freshmen who said the following objectives are "essential" or "very important" to their futures.

Being very well-off financially 74%

Raising a family 73%

Being an authority in my field 60.2%

Developing a meaningful philosophy of life 40.9%

Becoming successful in a business of my own 38.9%

Becoming a community leader 29.9%

Source: "The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 1998," American Council on Education and University of California at Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute.

Degree of Choice

Associate's degrees--a popular postsecondary goal for career tech students--will become more prevalent in upcoming years, growing at a slightly higher rate than bachelor's degrees.

2000

Associate's degrees 568,000

Bachelor's degrees 1,164,000

2005

Associate's degrees 604,000

Bachelor's degrees 1,222,000

2009

Associate's degrees 628,000

Bachelor's degrees 1,257,000

Career Tech Popularity

More students are finding that career and technical classes are valuable components of their high school coursework. Here are the percentages of high school students who said the following fields of study are "very" or "somewhat important."

                                        1998       1999

Computer usage/programming             91. …