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Coming of Age in “America’s Finest City”

Linda Borgen and Rubén G. Rumbaut

in Coming of Age in America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270923
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520270923.003.0005
Coming of Age in “America’s Finest City”

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One reason for the prolongation of the transition to adulthood is the length of time now required to complete one's education. High school is no longer the educational terminus for most young adults in the United States. Consecutively, the prolonged completion of higher education affects the timetables of other adult transitions, especially by delaying the entry into full-time work, the exit from the parental household, and decisions about marriage and children. More young Americans going to college are also taking longer to attain what are still called “two-year” and “four-year” degrees. More are also continuing on to seek advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools, and still others return to school to gain needed credentials or work skills in order to compete in rapidly changing local labor markets. This generation has also seen the expansion and diversification of postsecondary educational institutions, especially community colleges.

Keywords: United States; education; adulthood; college; degrees

Chapter.  13884 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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