ERIC Number: ED457721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Measuring the College Impact on Students' Lifetime Educational Aspirations. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
McLure, Gail T.; Rao, A. M. Srikanta; Lester, William L.
This study compared students' reflections on their highest lifetime educational aspirations at college entry (Time 1--"then") to those held later at the time of college outcomes assessment (Time 2--"now"). Data from archive files of the American College Testing Program's College Outcomes Survey (COS) for one historically black four-year private college for 879 students were compared to data from 99 other four-year institutions (n=48,129). About 4 in 10 students in each sample indicated no change in their highest lifetime educational aspirations since they first entered, although in the single institution sample, this stability of aspiration was greater for female (48%) than for male (35%) students. At least half of each sample increased their level of aspiration by one, two, or three steps. Larger percentages of students at the single institution than in the national sample indicated that they aspired to a doctorate/professional degree when they first enrolled. This pattern of difference was even larger by the time they took the COS. Six in 10 female students and 4 in 10 male students at the single institution indicated they now wanted to earn a doctorate/professional degree, but only a quarter of each gender in the national comparison group expressed this aspiration. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (41st, Long Beach, CA, June 3-6, 2001).