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ERIC Number: EJ945615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
Uncontrolled Destinies: Improving Opportunity for Low-Income Students in American Higher Education
Engberg, Mark E.; Allen, Daniel J.
Research in Higher Education, v52 n8 p786-807 Dec 2011
Recognizing the current administration's focus on improving postsecondary access, this study examines resource allocation patterns and the predictive power of these resources in increasing the likelihood of 2- and 4-year college enrollment among low-income students. Using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study, college choice decision-making is conceptualized in relation to an individual's habitus and capital deficiency theory. The results reveal significant differences in the availability and predictive power of various forms of capital across enrollment classifications. The study concludes with implications for administrators and policymakers interested in improving access for low-income students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A