ERIC Number: ED476137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities.
Massey, Douglas S.; Charles, Camille Z.; Lundy, Garvey F.; Fischer, Mary J.
This study investigated the roots of minority underperformance in selected colleges and universities. Drawing on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, the study developed a comprehensive analysis of the pathways by which students of differing backgrounds enter higher education in the United States. The chapters are: (1) "The Puzzle of Minority Underachievement"; (2) "Sample and Methodology"; (3) "Family Origins"; (4) "Neighborhood Background"; (5) "Prior Educational Experiences"; (6) "The Social World of High School"; (7) "Racial Identity and Attitudes"; (8) "Pathways to Preparation"; (9) "Sink or Swim: The First Semester"; and (10) "Lessons Learned." One appendix contains a discussion of the first wave of the student survey, and the other contains a discussion of the construction of social scales. (Contains 78 tables, 19 figures, and 162 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, College Freshmen, Cultural Background, Ethnicity, Higher Education, Low Achievement, Minority Groups, Socioeconomic Background, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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