ERIC Number: EJ921818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
The Complexities of College for All: Beyond Fairy-Tale Dreams
Rosenbaum, James E.
Sociology of Education, v84 n2 p113-117 Apr 2011
When 89% of high school graduates plan BA degrees, and low-achieving seniors who plan degrees have 80% failure rates, raising already high plans may be a poor strategy for improving college success. Using data on 7th-10th grade students, Domina et al. argue that higher plans are associated with success and suggest that my study of high school seniors is wrong. While their findings may indicate that MA plans are beneficial (although 7th-10th graders who know about MA degrees may be unusual), their research does not speak to my findings about seniors, whose plans are already very high. Contrary to Domina et al., I contend that effort may be reduced by poor articulation and information (not by high plans). I am pessimistic about poor articulation, not a "college for all ethos." I have shown that many seniors have high plans but poor information, and this leads to predictable failures in college. Further raising those plans may improve 7th-10th grade efforts, but will not improve seniors' college success.
Descriptors: High Schools, Student Attitudes, High School Students, Student Educational Objectives, Equal Education, Low Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Barriers, Systems Approach, Grade 10, High School Seniors, Access to Information, Context Effect, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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IES Cited: ED544765