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ERIC Number: EJ893866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Stymied Mobility or Temporary Lull? The Puzzle of Lagging Hispanic College Degree Attainment
Alon, Sigal; Domina, Thurston; Tienda, Marta
Social Forces, v88 n4 p1807-1832 Jun 2010
We assess the intergenerational educational mobility of recent cohorts of high school graduates to consider whether Hispanics' lagging postsecondary attainment reflects a temporary lull due to immigration of low education parents or a more enduring pattern of unequal transmission of social status relative to whites. Using data from three national longitudinal studies, a recent longitudinal study of Texas high school seniors and a sample of students attending elite institutions, we track post-secondary enrollment and degree attainment patterns at institutions of differing selectivity. We find that group differences in parental education and nativity only partly explain the Hispanic-white gap in college enrollment, and not evenly over time. Both foreign- and native-born college-educated Hispanic parents are handicapped in their abilities to transmit their educational advantages to their children compared with white parents. We conclude that both changing population composition and unequal ability to confer status advantages to offspring are responsible for the growing Hispanic-white degree attainment gap. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas