ERIC Number: ED219042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Progression and Attrition in College: Does Race Make a Difference? ASHE Annual Meeting 1982 Paper.
Gosman, Erica J.; And Others
Preliminary findings from a study of black student retention and progression in higher education are reported. The findings are based on the responses of eight public and private universities to an Institutional Data Questionnaire (IDQ). Analysis of the IDQ shows that, overall, white students perform better than black students in terms of their college attrition rates, their tendency to follow the prescribed progression pattern, and the length of time they take to graduate. However, these relationships change significantly when the racial composition of the colleges the students attend is taken into account. At predominantly white colleges, white students perform better than black students in terms of both attrition and progression patterns. At predominantly black universities, on the other hand, black students show a greater tendency to persist and follow the prescribed progression pattern than whites. At the same time, however, both black and white students tend to perform better at predominantly white institutions than at predominantly black institutions. Differences between black and white students' attrition and progression patterns are discussed. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Stopouts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 2-3, 1982).