Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Education


Are St. Louis area high schools designed to create graduates that are prepared to enter schools of higher education, or are their graduation requirements structured such that graduates even qualify for entrance to higher education institutions? This study is geared towards answering this question and will do so by comparing two lines of inquiry. First this study will analyze four sets of three randomly picked area high schools (three sets designated by per capita income and one set of private catholic schools). Information will be gathered concerning graduation requirements and how many Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses are available. The second line of inquiry will focus on schools of higher education and their requirements/expectations for prospective students. Three sets of four schools of higher education will be evaluated; four in-state public universities, four local private universities and four local community colleges. The information gathered from these schools will focus on academic requirements and extracurricular requirements. Once data is collected from both secondary schools and schools of higher education, these two images of high school graduates will be compared to find out if they are in balance, or at odds with one another.

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