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ERIC Number: EJ886927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Employment, Academic and Extracurricular Contributors to College Aspirations
McGaha, Valerie; Fitzpatrick, Jacki
Journal of College Admission, n207 p22-29 Spr 2010
Although there have been many studies on college entrance and aspirations, little attention has been paid to post-high school adults (who enter the workworld rather than college). it is possible that post-high school adults still have college aspirations, and it would be valuable to identify the factors that foster such aspirations. This study examined how employment (e.g., job satisfaction), applied academic (e.g., math and literacy skills), and extracurricular (e.g., sports, books, volunteerism) factors contributed to aspirations. The results indicated that all three types of factors affected aspirations in unique ways. The results are interpreted in the context of prior research and implications for college recruitment and outreach are offered. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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