NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ893672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Gauging the Effect of Compositional and Curricular Diversity on Freshman Success
Herzog, Serge
New Directions for Institutional Research, n145 p73-97 Spr 2010
Over the past twenty years, a substantial body of research has accumulated that suggests ethnic and racial diversity among college students yields significant educational benefits, including "steeper learning curves" and enhanced cognitive skills, and improved persistence. To improve one's understanding of how diversity may influence student success, this study estimates the impact of ethnic and racial composition in the classroom on cumulative first-year grades and enrollment persistence of freshmen students at a moderately selective research university. These two first-year outcomes are also correlated with first-year curricular experiences, including estimating the effect associated with taking courses focused on diversity issues. A review of the literature is followed by description of the data, the analytical approach, and discussion of results from the statistical models used to gauge the influence of the variables of interest. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables and 1 note.)
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Subscription Department, 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774. Tel: 800-825-7550; Tel: 201-748-6645; Fax: 201-748-6021; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A