ERIC Number: ED394466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Ethnic and Racial Differences in Selectivity of College Choice.
McDonough, Patricia M.; Antonio, Anthony Lising
This report examines how students choose colleges and how the college choices of students differ by race and ethnicity across four subgroups of students: African American, Asian American, Chicano, and Caucasian. It is proposed that students conceptualize their college choices differently based on how they perceive their anticipated college experiences and the conversion capacity of their college degree for further educational and occupational attainment. Data were obtained from the Cooperative Institution Research Program's 1994 Freshman Survey. Data pulled from the survey were measures of capital endowment, past capital accumulation, college choice, and anticipated capital reinvestment and conversion variables. Results indicate common patterns of capital accumulation, conversion, and investment across the groups. Attending a more selective college was associated with submitting more college applications, while reasons that emphasize the utilitarian, instrumental value of a college education were associated with less selective college attendance. In athletic department recruitment, it was found that being recruited by the school's athletic department conveyed a specific piece of cultural knowledge. Influences on the selection of college for students of color deviated from white students in specific ways, such as the impact of parental educational or financial attainment and choice of college major and later profession. Findings also imply that the student teacher relationship is important for students of color and that the nature of this relationship is related to more selective college choices. (Contains 65 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cooperative Institutional Research Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-13, 1996).