ERIC Number: EJ812535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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Enrollment, Persistence and Graduation of In-State Students at a Public Research University: Does High School Matter?
Research in Higher Education, v49 n8 p776-793 Dec 2008
Educational research has shown that individual-level background characteristics, such as parental socio-economic status and academic ability, influence college going behavior. This study tests for the existence of aggregate-level high school effects on college enrollment, persistence and degree attainment. It links institutional data on students enrolling within a year after graduation from in-state high schools with state data on high schools' performance and populations. Three high school aggregate-level factors were found to affect enrollment and persistence. Specifically, the high schools' percent of SAT takers has a concave-shape effect on enrollment, retention and graduation. Additionally, students coming from schools with a higher percent of those receiving free lunch are less likely to persist, and students coming from schools located within a 60 mile radius are more likely to matriculate and to persist to the second year. These results suggest that aggregate-level high school characteristics should be accounted for in enrollment management.
Descriptors: High Schools, Economic Status, Research Universities, Educational Research, Graduation, Enrollment Management, Enrollment, Academic Ability, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Aptitude Tests, Lunch Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Public Colleges, Geographic Location
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
IES Cited: ED556748