ERIC Number: EJ924165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
Social Capital, Financial Knowledge, and Hispanic Student College Choices
O'Connor, Noga; Hammack, Floyd M.; Scott, Marc A.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n3 p195-219 May 2010
Hispanic students are significantly over-represented in community colleges compared to White and Black students. This paper uses a powerful but underutilized statistical technique, the Oaxaca decomposition, to explore the impact of social capital, as manifested through college financial information, on Hispanic student enrollment in 4-year and 2-year programs. Background differences between the groups were found to have only a small effect on the gap in attending 4-year schools, while the effect of differential returns to these background characteristics was strong and significant. The analysis revealed that some variables of college financial information contribute significantly to the gap.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Social Capital, Enrollment, Hispanic American Students, College Choice, Disproportionate Representation, Statistical Analysis, Educational Finance, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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