ERIC Number: ED427599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
First-Generation Students: A Longitudinal Analysis of Educational and Early Labor Market Outcomes. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
This paper provides initial results of a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of first-generation students, their college choices, their academic and social integration into the institution, their postsecondary persistence and attainment outcomes, and their labor market outcomes. The study analyzed data from the 1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, which found that first-generation students had particular demographic and enrollment characteristics. They were more likely to be female, older, and independent; to have dependents and lower incomes; to be enrolled in two-year institutions; and to be enrolled part time. First-generation students were more likely than other students to value improving their financial and professional status but were less likely to complete their postsecondary education within five years. Five years after beginning postsecondary education, first-generation students who had achieved certificates or degrees were employed in similar positions and earned salaries comparable to counterparts whose parents had attended college. When demographic, enrollment, first-year academic performance, and institutional characteristics were controlled, first-generation students were less likely to persist in postsecondary education. Eighteen tables detail the study's findings. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study