ERIC Number: ED224359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
From School to Tertiary Study: Transition to College and University in Victoria. ACER Research Monograph No. 14.
Elsworth, Gerald; And Others
A study of the transition of students to higher education in Victoria, Australia, is reported based on data supplied by the Victorian Universities Admissions Committee (VUAC), a mail survey of 1,300 applicants in 1980, and a series of extended interviews with a small number of applicants. A basic causal model for enrollment decisions (college choice and part- or full-time enrollment), and five elaborations on the model using data provided by VUAC are presented. These elaborations focus separately on the students' place of residence, performance on the Higher School Certificate examination, preference level of the final offer of courses made to the applicants, the type of institution making the offer, and type of course (discipline) offered. A final model incorporating the last three variables is then constructed. Detailed analysis of the individual, joint, and interactive effects of parental social status and ethnic background and the mediating and direct effects of the social-psychological factors using the survey data follow. The final chapter focuses on deferring and declining the final course offers, and summarizes the variables' effects on the students' enrollment decisions. Brief case studies are introduced for illustration. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Articulation (Education), Attendance Patterns, Case Studies, College Applicants, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Entrance Examinations, Decision Making, Enrollment Influences, Expectation, Foreign Countries, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Models, Part Time Students, Student Characteristics
Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd., Frederick St., Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Tertiary Education Commission, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria)