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ERIC Number: ED533303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 170
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-6955-4
Enhancing College Access: Measuring Perceived Support for College-Going
Yi, Susanna Sang-Hee
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley
College access can be defined as the successful transition from high school to college, leading to successful completion of a college degree. This study focuses on how much support for college-going students receive while in high school. Previous research has found that group differences in college-going rates are related to differences in social capital, and to institutional structures. Various college outreach programs, also known as academic preparation program, have been designed to mitigate these barriers. However, there are no existing instruments to measure differences in the amount of support high school students receive for college-going. Such an instrument could be useful in gauging the extent of these differences as experienced by students themselves, and in measuring the impact of outreach programs. This study tests the validity and reliability of a newly created survey instrument, using a Rasch measurement model, and investigates the association of outreach programs with students' reported support for college-going. The sample for this study consisted of 493 senior high school students, in 19 classrooms from four high schools. The data provided generally positive evidence for the validity and reliability of the instrument in measuring college-going support received by students from school staff, from families, and from peers. In addition, cumulative grade point average was found to be a significant predictor of support from the school, family, and peers. Asian students scored significantly higher on support from peers. Students in more affluent schools, and students whose parents had higher educational attainments, scored significantly higher on family and peer support for college-going. Self-reported participation in outreach programs was not associated with college-going support, however. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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