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ERIC Number: ED550916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 199
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2679-9064-8
Influences of Cultural Characteristics of Minority Students on Academic Choices at a Community College
Newton, Anthony Daron
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
This quantitative quasi experimental study compared and analyzed African American/black, Hispanic/Latino, and Caucasian/white American students' selection to enter a certificate, technical, or transferable degree program at a community college. This study explored the relationship between students' race/ethnicity and the students' degree program selection. Furthermore, this study analyzed archive data records of 2,168 student graduates for a 3 year period at a community college in the northwest United States and considered and controlled for other demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status. This study used 2X2 Chi square tests and multiple logistic regression analysis to analyze the data. The results of the analysis showed there is a statistically significant relationship between race/ethnicity and choice of degree program. African Americans/blacks had reduced odds of 16% of obtaining a transfer degree compared to Caucasians/whites. Hispanic/Latino Americans had reduced odds of 20% of obtaining a transfer degree compared to Caucasian/White Americans; however, those reduced odds were not statistically significant. Male and female gender was a significant predictor of educational program selection. Age and socioeconomic status was a significant negative predictor of educational program selection based on the analysis. The contribution to the body of scholarly research will assist educators, counselors, advisors, and college administrators to gain a broader understanding of the disparity in representation of minority students in the transferable degree program track. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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