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ERIC Number: ED352915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Predicting the Educational Aspirations and Graduate Plans of Black and White College and University Students: When Do Dreams Become Realities? ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Heath, Tamela
This study explored factors contributing to the educational aspirations of African American students. An underlying assumption of the study was that the paradigm for looking at aspirations as a key predictor of later attainment in college students may work differently for black students than for the general population. The study involved data collected from 26,277 college students, of whom 1,140 were black. College environment measurements included institutional structure, the peer environment, the faculty environment, and college completion rate. Study results revealed that the variables that predict educational outcomes in black and white students are very different. Additionally, black students did not appear to achieve at the levels they aspired to while often taking longer to achieve a bachelor's degree. However, black students who attended black institutions achieved higher grades in college than those who went to white institutions. In addition, attendance at institutions with high emphasis on graduate training was found to be negatively related to aspirations, unless the student became involved in research. Black females had higher aspirations than black males; the opposite was true for whites. Finally, among black students, those who had higher aspirations were more likely to enroll in graduate school. The appendices include a list of the variables entered into regression analysis. (Contains 16 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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