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ERIC Number: ED180363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Comparison of the Educational Aspirations of Students Entering a Predominantly White College and Students Entering a Predominantly Black College.
Pratt, Linda K.; And Others
The results of two student surveys were analyzed to assess the educational aspirations and occupational plans of the students. Comparison of the two surveys, one given to the 1978 freshman class at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a predominantly black, state-supported university, and the other to the 1978 freshman class at Appalachian State University, a state-supported university with a predominantly white student body, revealed a large difference in the educational aspirations of the two groups. The freshmen at Appalachian State were better prepared academically, with higher average SAT scores and tended to rank higher in their high school classes. A higher percentage of the parents of the Appalachian State freshmen were reported to have completed high school, some college training, and a higher percentage had completed bachelors degrees and advanced or professional degrees than the parents of NCCU freshmen. Despite these statistics, the survey indicated that freshmen at Appalachian State University had more modest educational aspirations than the freshmen at NCCU. This discrepancy between the expectations that society might have for the NCCU freshmen and the aspirations they hold for themselves is discussed. The selected majors of the two groups are examined and their occupational plans are compared. Further research in this area is recommended. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachian State University NC; North Carolina Central University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (Orlando, FL, October 1979)