ERIC Number: EJ1076306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
The Role of Socioeconomic Factors in the Prediction of Persistence in Puerto Rico
Dika, Sandra L.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v16 n1 p111-125 May 2014
While research literature suggests that socioeconomic factors play a role in predicting educational attainment, very little research has been done to examine these relationships using data from Puerto Rico. A logistic regression approach was adopted to investigate the extent to which family and school socioeconomic factors predict retention from first to second year of college, after controlling for previous academic preparation, utilizing existing data from over 6,000 student records in one public institution in Puerto Rico. As expected, previous academic preparation variables were statistically significant in the prediction of retention, along with attendance at a public high school, while family socioeconomic factors did not appear to play a significant role. However, there were some notable differences between significant factors for men and women. Implications include the need for further research on the influence of socioeconomic factors on educational attainment in Puerto Rico.
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Predictor Variables, Academic Persistence, Educational Attainment, Academic Achievement, Regression (Statistics), School Holding Power, College Students, Public Colleges, College Preparation, Statistical Significance, Attendance, Family Characteristics, Success, Neighborhoods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico