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ERIC Number: ED485756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education: A Look at Their College Transcripts. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Report. NCES 2005-171
Chen, Xianglei; Carroll, C. Dennis
National Center for Education Statistics
Recent research has generated a large body of knowledge about students who are the first members of their families to attend college (referred to as "first-generation students" in this report). What do firstgeneration students study in college? How well do they do in their coursework? Is their coursework different from that of their peers whose parents went to college? This report explores these questions by using data from the Postsecondary Education Transcript Study (PETS) of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) to examine the majors and coursetaking patterns of first-generation students and to compare their postsecondary experiences and outcomes with those of students whose parents went to college. This analysis focuses on a subset of the NELS 1992 12th-graders who had enrolled in postsecondary education between 1992 and 2000 and who also have complete postsecondary transcripts available; in addition, the analysis also required that parents' education levels be reported. The findings of this study contribute to earlier research by distinguishing between first-generation students and their counterparts with respect to major fields of study chosen, the types of courses taken, amount of coursework completed, academic performance, and postsecondary outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Publication: http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2005171