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ERIC Number: ED468903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-4
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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African American Students' Early Outcomes of College: Links between Campus Experiences and Outcomes.
Walpole, MaryBeth; Bauer, Constance; Gibson, Carolyn; Kanyi, Kamau; Toliver, Rita
This study investigated the impact of attending college on educational attainment, educational aspirations, and income for 365 African American students at four-year institutions. Data came from the 1985 Freshman Survey, the 1989 Follow-up Survey, and the 1994 Follow-up Survey. Interviews were also conducted with 25 female African American college students at four predominantly white institutions. Results indicated that African American students showed clear patterns of capital conversion and reinvestment. Most had converted the cultural capital accumulated in college into full-time employment by 1994. For many of those working full-time, the conversion was particularly successful, since almost half of those working full-time in 1994 reported incomes between $30,000 and $50,000. Graduate school attendance was both a conversion and a reinvestment of capital accumulated in college. About half had made such a conversion and reinvestment by 1994. Being female, having a high grade point average (GPA), planning in 1989 to attend graduate school the following year, and having more intrinsic career aspirations increased the likelihood of attending graduate school by 1994. Many students' academic capital was deficient despite high aspirations and high achievement in high school. Despite academic difficulties, most students changed, rather than diminished, their aspirations. (Contains 50 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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