ERIC Number: ED357684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Factors Affecting Minority Participation in Higher Education: A Research Synthesis. Symposium on Information Resources Services, and Programs. Background Paper Number One.
This paper serves as a basic introduction to the problems associated with minority participation in postsecondary education. It focuses on those educational factors identified in the literature as having an important effect on postsecondary participation by minorities. The paper shows that the problem of minority participation is a far-reaching and complex one. At each of several critical junctures--high school graduation, college enrollment, college degree attainment, and selection of non-college alternatives--the data suggest that some number of at-risk disadvantaged youth are lost to the educational system and the labor market. Further, the paper suggests that, though the literature makes clear that the problem is a complex one, it is also reasonable to conclude that isolation and segregation of minority children, whether it be in communities, inner city schools, academic ability groups, or predominantly white colleges, has a pernicious effect on successful minority participation in higher education. The paper further argues that the earlier this isolation or segregation occurs, the more negative effects it appears to have on the postsecondary planning of minority youth. Eight figures appear in the text and an appendix offers five statistical tables. (Contains 49 footnotes.) (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 026 428-443.