ERIC Number: ED319353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Black Student Experience. Maryland Longitudinal Study Research Highlights. Research Report #15.
Maryland Univ., College Park. Maryland Longitudinal Study Steering Committee.
The report studies the interaction between black students' academic performance and their vocational identity, and the impact this interaction has on their higher education experience. Using data from the Maryland Longitudinal Study for 339 black students at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP), students were placed into one of four categories based on their academic performance during their freshman year and on their degree of vocational clarity at the end of their freshman year: "undirected" students who had a below average vocational identity and had been placed on academic probation, "unrealistic" students who had an above average vocational identity yet had been placed on academic probation, "potential" students who were in good academic standing yet had a below average vocational identity, and "achiever" students who were in good academic standing and had an above average vocational identity. Findings suggest that strong academic skills are critical for persistence to graduation, that a strong vocational identity does not compensate for weak academic skills, and that a combination of strong academic skills and a sense of the relevance of the college experience to one's future career plans is most predictive of persistence to graduation. Summary statistics and a list of 14 references are appended. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Black Students, Career Choice, Educational Experience, Higher Education, Interaction, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Aspiration, State Universities
Maryland Longitudinal Study, The University of Maryland at College Park, 2108 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Maryland Longitudinal Study Steering Committee.