ERIC Number: EJ869641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Examining the Effects of High School Contexts on Postsecondary Enrollment
Engberg, Mark E.; Wolniak, Gregory C.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n2 p132-153 Mar 2010
The present study is organized around the central hypothesis that the high school context affects students' postsecondary outcomes. Drawing on a nationally representative sample of high school seniors from the Educational Longitudinal Survey (ELS:2002), this study broadens our empirical understanding of how students' acquisition of human, social, and cultural capital at the individual and school level affects 2- and 4-year college attendance. Results highlight the normative role of high schools in promoting college enrollment, particularly the role of socioeconomics, academic preparation, and access to parent, peer, and college-linking networks. This study advances our understanding of the secondary-postsecondary nexus and has implications for policies and practices aimed at realizing the current administration's promise of providing greater access to postsecondary education for all students.
Descriptors: High Schools, College Attendance, Enrollment, Surveys, Postsecondary Education, High School Seniors, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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IES Cited: ED557072; ED556748; ED547260; ED555627