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ERIC Number: ED354264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Factors Associated with Community College Selection of Mississippi Students Who Have Taken the Spring 1991 ACT Assessment.
Tarpley, Crystal L.; And Others
Factors that account for variance between groups of Mississippi students in their choice of college types were studied using data from the 1991 American College Testing (ACT) Program. The objectives of this study were to describe Mississippi students who plan to attend community or junior colleges and who took the spring 1991 ACT Assessment Program test according to gender, race, and ACT composite score; and to determine which ACT Assessment Program student profile factors, interest inventory factors, and demographic variables account for a statistically significant amount of variance between students who plan to attend community or junior colleges from students who plan to attend other colleges or universities. The study population included all 19,022 students who took the ACT in Mississippi in the spring of 1991. Responses from 177 of the student profile items and all responses from the interest inventory were used with demographic information. The outcome variable was the choice of community/junior college or other college. Community/junior college was the choice of 5,135 students (27 percent). Of these, about 39 percent were male, about 72 percent were Caucasian/White, about 23 percent were Afro-American/Black and about 4.5 percent were members of other racial and ethnic backgrounds. Those who selected community/junior college were generally lower achievers, although these students had taken more English and honors English courses, and were interested in staying close to home and in attending small colleges with lower tuitions. Many expected to attain a lower level of postsecondary education. Results are discussed in terms of recruiting students for community/junior colleges. One table presents the stepwise multiple regression of factors in the college choice. An 17-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment