ERIC Number: ED267849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Are Middle-Class Whites Beginning to Occupy Two-Year Colleges?
Martin, Oneida L.
In summer 1984, a study was conducted to assess the current status of the student body at a two-year college in light of the assertion that two-year colleges are becoming increasingly inaccessible to poor, disadvantaged, and minority students. A sample of 56 students was randomly selected from a population of 310 students attending a small, private urban two-year college. Study findings included the following: (1) 61% of the students were white, 86% were female, 68% were between the ages of 17 and 25, and 77% graduated from high school with a diploma; (2) 59% were single with at least one dependent child; (3) 27% were heads of households; (4) family socioeconomic levels did not differ significantly between white and minority students; (5) 48% of the students' parents had a high school education, and 29% had some college experience; (6) 66% of the sample reported an income under $5,000; (7) 76% of minority respondents and 24% of white respondents were unemployed; (8) most received some type of financial aid; and (9) self-motivation was a primary factor in the students' decisions to obtain an education. Based on study findings, it was concluded that the two-year college was still accessible to needy students. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 6-8, 1985).