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ERIC Number: ED002875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 119
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THE INFLUENCE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUBLIC HIGHER INSTITUTIONS ON COLLEGE ATTENDANCE FROM VARYING SOCIOECONOMIC AND ABILITY LEVELS.
MEDSKER, LELAND L.; AND OTHERS
THE CAREERS OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GRADUATES' PURSUITS AND THEIR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS, FAMILY BACKGROUND, AND VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS WERE INVESTIGATED. AN AREA OF MAJOR CONCERN WAS THE IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS WHICH APPEAR TO BEAR ON COLLEGE ATTENDANCE. A SAMPLE OF 9,779 STUDENTS WITHIN 16 COMMUNITIES RESPONDED TO A COMPREHENSIVE QUESTIONNAIRE IN THE SPRING OF 1959 BEFORE GRADUATION. IN ADDITION, DATA ON SCORES OF ACADEMIC APTITUDE TESTS, PERFORMANCE ON A PERSONALITY INVENTORY, AND RANK IN CLASS WERE PROCURED. ALL GRADUATES WERE FOLLOWED UP IN THE FALL OF 1959 INCLUDING THOSE ATTENDING COLLEGE IN THE SUMMER OF 1960. FROM THE SAMPLE 43 PERCENT ENTERED COLLEGE IN THE FALL FOLLOWING GRADUATION, AND ONE-THIRD WENT DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT. THE TWO MAJOR REASONS FOR NOT ATTENDING COLLEGE WERE INADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND A PREFERENCE FOR WORK. SCHOLASTIC ABILITY, HIGH SCHOOL RANK, FATHER'S OCCUPATIONAL LEVEL, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF PARENTS, READING REPORTEDLY DONE BY PARENTS, PARENTAL ENCOURAGEMENT, AND LOCAL COLLEGE LOCATION WERE FACTORS RELATED TO COLLEGE ATTENDANCE. OF THE STUDENTS WHO ENTERED COLLEGE IN THE FALL 83 PERCENT FINISHED THE ACADEMIC YEAR. PERSISTENCE WAS FOUND TO BE RELATED TO ABILITY, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, AND CERTAIN PERSONALITY TRAITS. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Berkeley)