ERIC Number: ED129486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Predictors of Success in College for Low Prior Educational Attainment Multicultural Students.
Croft, Don B.
The study identified variables contributing to success in college for low prior educational attainment students from differing cultural backgrounds; described the nature and operation of COPE (College Opportunity Program for Enrichment); described the background characteristics of the COPE students; compared the COPE students' attitudes toward education and careers with those of other students with similar background characteristics; and examined the predictors of college success for three groups of students--COPE, education, and vocational education students. The sample included 256 COPE, 169 education, and 143 vocational education students. Current college grade point average was used to measure college performance. Two self-report instruments were administered to the students: Holland's "Self-directed Search" (SDS) measured their career interests and "Career Education Description Questionnaire" (CEDQ), developed specifically for this study, measured their attitudes toward education, background characteristics, and career interests. Findings included: current attitudes toward education and careers were an important contributor to college success; and COPE students were creative and inventive students. Appendices include a review of literature dealing with vocational interests, success in college, and Spanish-speaking cultural values; and discussions of CEDQ's development, the SDS Hexagonal Model as used with COPE students, and the students' reactions to the SDS Booklet. (NQ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Anglo Americans, Blacks, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Education Majors, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities, Enrichment, Females, Higher Education, Interests, Low Achievement, Males, Questionnaires, Spanish Americans, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Success, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Comprehensive and Vocational Education Research.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Bureau of Educational Research.