ERIC Number: ED242739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Graduate Degree Aspirations of Ethnic Student Groups among GRE Test-Takers.
Centra, John A.
The degree objectives of prospective graduate students from the various ethnic groups were investigated in this study by using the extensive (200,000 plus) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) registrant population of 1976-1977. GRE scores, undergraduate grade point average, and being a male were the important predictors of students' expectations of obtaining a doctor's rather than a master's degree, and this was generally true for each of the ethnic groups. Characteristics of their undergraduate institutions such as affluence, selectivity, and the predominant racial make-up, generally had little influence. Black and Hispanic/Indian students had higher degree aspirations than White or Oriental students with similar characteristics. However, there is marked similarity among the ethnic groups in the percentages planning to obtain a doctorate at the various GRE percentiles for their group. This suggests that each group acts as a particular frame of reference for students within it. For each of the major field areas (humanities, natural sciences, social sciences), the variables available for this study did not highly predict which students expected to obtain the higher degree. (multiple R's in the .30s). (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Aspiration, American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Entrance Examinations, Ethnic Groups, Grade Point Average, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Mexican Americans, Predictor Variables, Puerto Ricans, Racial Differences, Scores, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, White Students
Educational Testing Service, Publications Order Services, Dept. I-101, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Graduate Record Examination Board Program.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations