ERIC Number: ED255279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
The Significance of Race and Selected Socioeconomic and Academic Variables in Program Tracking among Curriculum Students in the North Carolina Community College System.
Robinson, Isaac A.; Shearon, Ronald W.
In spring 1979, a study was conducted to identify differences in the type of program track enrolled in by students in the North Carolina Community College System according to selected ascriptive variables (i.e., race, sex, occupation of household head, parents' income, and father's occupation); achievement variables (i.e., high school grade point average (GPA) and rank, and General Educational Development (GED) scores). Data for the study were taken from a larger study of North Carolina community college students, focusing on 11,120 curriculum students enrolled in college transfer, technical, and vocational programs. Study findings included the following: (1) 7% of the black students were enrolled in the college-transfer track, 64% in the technical programs, and 29% in the vocational program track; (2) among white students, 15% were in the college-transfer track, 64% in the technical track, and 20% in the vocational program track; (3) 13% of the males and 14% of the females were enrolled in the college-transfer track; (4) students with low socioeconomic characteristics were clustered in the vocational and technical program tracks; (5) twice as many white students as black students were enrolled in the college-transfer track; (6) there did not appear to be major differences among students in the college-transfer, technical and vocational tracks according to achievement variables, with one exception, i.e., a higher proportion of students in the college-transfer track were in the upper one-third of their high school class, whereas a higher proportion of the vocational students were in the lower one-third of their high school class or did not graduate from high school. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (45th, Atlanta, GA, April 8, 1983).