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University of Washington - Beyond High School (UW-BHS)

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • Hirschman, Charles (University of Washington)
  • Almgren, Gunnar (University of Washington)
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
academic ability; academic achievement; education; educational opportunities; high school graduates; minorities; parental influence; social inequality; student attitudes; students
  • Abstract

    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. 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. To supplement the 2000, 2002, and 2003 student surveys, parents of high school seniors were also queried to determine their expectations and aspirations for their child's education, as well as their own educational backgrounds and fields of employment. Parents were also asked to report any financial measures undertaken to prepare for their child's continued education, and whether the household received any form of financial assistance. In 2010, a ten-year follow-up with the 2000 senior cohort was conducted to assess educational, career, and familial outcomes. The ten year follow-up surveys collected information on educational attainment, early employment experiences, family and partnership, civic engagement, and health status. The baseline, parent, and follow-up surveys also collected detailed demographic information, including age, sex, ethnicity, language, religion, education level, employment, income, marital status, and parental status.
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted.
  • Methods

    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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Public Use
    • DS2: Restricted Use
Temporal Coverage
  • 2000 / 2010
    Time period: 2000--2010
  • 2000 / 2010
    Collection date: 2000--2010
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • Washington
Sampled 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. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
For information on sampling, please see the Description of Data page on the University of Washington - Beyond High School project Web site.
Collection Mode
  • paper and pencil interview (PAPI), web-based survey

    For additional information on the UW-BHS project, please see the University of Washington - Beyond High School project Web site.

2016-02-15 A crosswalk document linking the public and restricted versions of the data was added to the collection.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.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 33321 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33321.v4
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR33321.v2
  • Nurius, Paula S., Prince, Dana M., Rocha, Anita. Cumulative disadvantage and youth well-being: A multi-domain examination with life course implications. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.32, (6), 567-576.2015.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10560-015-0396-2 (DOI)
  • Patton, Deleena. Unequal at the Starting Line: How Early Learning Experiences and School Capital Influence Stratification in the United States. Dissertation, University of Washington. 2014.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas, Herting, Jerald R., Hirschman, Charles. The impact of the promise of scholarships and altering school structure on college plans, preparation, and enrollment. Social Science Research.41, (4), 920-935.2012.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.03.007 (DOI)
  • Voloshin, Irina. Sink or Swim in the Labor Pool: Determinants and Consequences of Teenage Employment. Dissertation, University of Washington. 2012.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Magarati, Ratna M.. Bilingualism and Educational Expectations, College Access and Success of Youth From Immigrant Families: A Test of Segmented Assimilation Theory. Dissertation, University of Washington. 2010.
  • Pharris-Ciurej, Nikolas D.. Moving Towards a More Comprehensive Theory of Educational Attainment: An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the College Completion Process. Dissertation, University of Washington. 2010.
  • Almgren, Gunnar, Magarati, Maya, Mogford, Liz. Examining the influences of gender, race, ethnicity, and social capital on the subjective health of adolescents. Journal of Adolescence.31, (1), 109-133.2009.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2007.11.003 (DOI)
  • Ewert, Stephanie. Student misbehavior during senior year: A comparison of immigrants and the native-born. Social Science Research.38, (4), 826-839.2009.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2009.04.004 (DOI)
  • Hirschman, Charles, Voloshin, Irina. The structure of teenage employment: Social background and the jobs held by high school seniors. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.25, (3), 189-203.2007.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.rssm.2007.07.001 (DOI)
  • Emeka, Amon, Hirschman, Charles. Who applies for and who is selected for Washington State Achievers Scholarships? A preliminary assessment. Public Policy and Equal Educational Opportunity: School Reforms, Postsecondary Encouragement, and State Policies on Postsecondary Education.New York, NY: AMS Press. 2006.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Fashola, Oluwatope. Is there a burden of 'acting white' keeping African American students from academic success? . McNair Scholars Journal of the University of Washington.6, 53-72.2006.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Nelson, Jesse Y.. In Pursuit of Postsecondary Equity: Evaluating the Washington State Achievers Program. Dissertation, Indiana University. 2006.

Update Metadata: 2016-02-15 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-07-01

Hirschman, Charles; Almgren, Gunnar (2012): University of Washington - Beyond High School (UW-BHS). Version 3. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.