ERIC Number: ED475197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Seamless Educational Transitions for Urban African American and Hispanic Students. ACT Policy Report.
Noeth, Richard J.; Wimberly, George L.
This study examined the postsecondary planning of African American and Hispanic high school seniors in five large urban school districts. Just prior to graduation in 2001, students from 23 high schools completed surveys and focus groups about their college planning. Students' educational expectations were high. Nearly all expected to earn at least a bachelor's degree, and most expected to earn graduate or professional degrees. Over 80 percent had been accepted to college, and 90 percent viewed college as an important means to future jobs and career goals. Maternal influence was a significant factor for most students. Nearly three-quarters reported that friends and peers were very or somewhat helpful in college planning. For those with a father or male guardian present, 43 percent considered him very helpful, and 19 percent considered him somewhat helpful. Nearly three-quarters said their teachers and counselors were very or somewhat helpful in college planning. Nearly all students believed their high school courses were very or somewhat helpful in planning. More than two-thirds believed information from the ACT Assessment was very or somewhat helpful in postsecondary planning. Of those who used college planning software, 61 percent found such programs helped in the planning. College costs and financial aid availability were major issues for students. Concludes with recommendations to schools on how to meet the postsecondary planning needs of their students. (Contains 90 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, College Preparation, Diversity (Student), Hispanic American Students, Parents, Planning, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.