ERIC Number: ED456784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-30
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On the Right Path: The Higher Education Study of One Generation. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
Cabrera, Alberto A.; La Nasa, Steven, M.; Burkum, Kurt, R.
Data from the High School and Beyond Study were used to study the pathways taken by members of the High School Class of 1982 to a college degree. The class of 1982 followed nine different pathways to a 4-year degree, paths formed by a combination of academic resources secured in high school and the first type of postsecondary institution attended. The pathway most likely to lead to 4-year degree is one defined by acquiring high academic resources in high school and entering a 4-year institution on high school completion. Those who followed this path had a 77% chance to graduate within 11 years. Most students of high socioeconomic status followed this pathway, and they with a 81% graduation rate. Most students of the lowest socioeconomic status studied journeyed on a pathway defined by moderate academic resources and first enrollment in a 2-year institution. Only 3.3% of these students earned a 4-year degree. Forty percent of the class of 1982 first entered a community college, and 29% of them transferred to a 4-year institution within 11 years. By 1993, 35% of the members of the High School Class of 1982 had obtained at least a bachelor's degree. Degree completion was affected most by socioeconomic status, academic resources, degree aspirations, enrollment patterns, taking college courses in mathematics and sciences, financial aid, and having children while attending college. (Contains 14 figures, 15 tables, and 131 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Association for Institutional Research.
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