ERIC Number: ED205641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Socioeconomic Factors in Preparation for Higher Education Among Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians.
Anton, Kristin P.
This analysis of the high school preparation patterns of the California public high school class of 1975 drew upon sociological literature on status attainment in an attempt to identify specific intervention points at which to enlist minority parents' support for college preparation. Sources of data were: (1) a sample of 1975 public high school transcripts; (2) completed follow-up questionnaires from a student subsample of the transcripts; and (3) test scores from students who took the SAT or ACT. Since University of California admission is based primarily on a sequence of college preparatory courses, while California State Universities and Colleges admission depends mainly on overall grade point avarage (GPA), courses and GPA were the dependent variables selected for the study. Independent variables included: (1) parents' education; (2) family income; (3) number of parents; and (4) number of siblings. A multiple regression formula was used for partitioning ethnic group mean differences in high school grades and courses between whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. Results of the study indicated the need for outreach programs (1) to work with high school teachers and parents to raise achievement standards of black and Hispanic students, and (2) to reach parents and students with information about courses required for college admission. (Author/APM)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Admission, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Educational Background, Educational Counseling, Educational Opportunities, Educational Status Comparison, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Parent Background, Parent Role, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, Teacher Role, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1981). Some tables may be marginally legible due to small type size.