ERIC Number: ED404902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The First Generation at York University.
Grayson, J. Paul
This study examined the academic experiences of first-year students at York University in Ontario (Canada) who were the first in their families to go to college. A survey of 1,849 first-year students found that 67 percent came from families in which neither parent had attended a university. Not having a parent who graduated from a university did not appear to confer a disadvantage in terms of first-year grade point average (GPA), particularly for students with high Ontario Academic Credit averages. It was also found that first generation college students were less involved in some academic and social activities that contributed to high GPAs, such as hours per week spent on campus and cultural involvement. Involvement in club and extracurricular activities had a negative impact on the GPAs of some groups of students. An appendix provides statistical data on parent education, gender, family income, race, and involvement. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.
Identifiers - Location: Canada