ERIC Number: ED213333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Outcomes of Educational Opportunity: A Study of Graduates from the City University.
Kaufman, Barry; And Others
Experiences of students while attending the City University of New York (CUNY) and their status approximately one year after graduation were studied with a sample of June 1979 graduates. About a 60 percent response rate to the questionnaire, which is appended, was obtained. It was found that 47 percent of associate degree graduates and 31 percent of baccalaureate degree graduates were minority group students, and these proportions closely approximate the enrollment of minorities in CUNY; women are in the majority among the graduates, constituting 64 percent of associate degree recipients and 55 percent of bachelor degree recipients; and a substantial proportion of the graduates (38 percent) are over 25 years old. Significant numbers of the graduates entered the university with poor academic preparation, and the university serves as an important channel of upward mobility for many of its students. Almost two-thirds of the graduates came from homes where neither parent had attended college; one-fifth of the graduates were from homes where the highest level of education was elementary school. Additional characteristics of the students include: 70 percent or more required financial aid for college; almost one-fifth of bachelor graduates and one-fourth of associate graduates worked full-time while attending college; more than three-quarters of the students were married while attending the university; many students attended college part-time; 46 percent of associate graduates and 33 percent of bachelor graduates enrolled in degree programs within a year after graduation; nearly three-quarters of the graduates were employed full-time at the time of the survey; and only five percent were neither working nor enrolled in school. A questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, College Attendance, College Graduates, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Patterns, Females, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Public Education, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Urban Universities
City University of New York, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, 535 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10021.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.