ERIC Number: ED414792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Career Advising Issues for African American Entering Students. Research Report #2-97.
Helm, Edward G.; Sedlacek, William E.; Prieto, Dario O.
A total of 343 first-year, African-American students at the University of Maryland College Park completed a questionnaire on a variety of topics including career and advising issues to determine the career needs and interests of these students. The reasons African-American students most often reported for going to college were to get a better job (25 percent), to develop themselves generally (22 percent), to gain a general education (14 percent), and to prepare for graduate school (14 percent). Females (42 percent) were more likely to remain in college so they could attend graduate school than were males (21 percent). When asked about barriers to their career goals, females (39 percent) cited personal finances more often than did males (28 percent), while males (22 percent) more often cited lack of motivation than females (8 percent). While there was some interest in career counseling among all the students, females expressed more interest than males. The results are discussed in relation to a model of career advising based on noncognitive variables, including how to make referrals to a career counselor. Tables provide mean and standard deviations by gender; list noncognitive diagnostic questions; and profile high and low scorers on noncognitive variables. (Contains 15 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.