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ERIC Number: ED520478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Uncontrolled Destinies: Improving Opportunity for Academically Qualified, Low-Income Students
Engberg, Mark E.; Allen, Daniel J.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (50th, Chicago, IL, May 29-Jun 2, 2010)
The purpose of this study is to examine resource allocation patterns and the predictive power of these resources in increasing the likelihood of four-year college enrollment among academically qualified, 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 from this study reveal significant resource shortages among non-enrollees as well as the predictive power of various forms of capital in increasing the likelihood of four-year college attendance. The study concludes with implications for practitioners and policymakers interested in improving access for low-income students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
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