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ERIC Number: ED460660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Students Whose Parents Did Not Go to College: Postsecondary Access, Persistence, and Attainment. Findings from the Condition of Education, 2001.
Choy, Susan
"The Condition of Education" summarizes important developments and trends in U.S. education using the latest available data. The 2001 edition had a special focus essay on the access, persistence, and success of first-generation students (students whose parents did not attend college). To make the essay available to audiences interested in how academic preparation in high school can increase postsecondary education opportunities, the essay is reprinted in this document. The essay summarizes findings of a recent series of National Center for Education Statistics studies about the experiences of high school graduates and postsecondary students whose parents did not attend college. Data are from the National Education Longitudinal Study, the beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, and the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study. These studies show that such students are at a distinct disadvantaged when it comes to accessing postsecondary education, and those who overcome barriers and enroll in postsecondary education remain at a disadvantage with respect to staying enrolled and attaining degrees, even when there is control for other factors. Rigorous high school course-taking mitigates, but does not completely close, the gaps in access and persistence. For students who do earn a degree, labor market outcomes in the short term are similar regardless of their parents' education. (Contains 11 figures, 8 tables, and 14 references.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
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