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ERIC Number: EJ990342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-7882
Women's Educational Opportunities: Factors that Influence Their Graduate School Aspirations
Davis, Sharrika D.; Amelink, Catherine; Hirt, Joan B.; Miyazaki, Yasuo
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v5 n2 p141-165 Aug 2012
Education is one key to economic prosperity. However, in a society bolstered by patriarchal systems, economic and educational inequalities exist among the genders. The purpose of this study was to determine whether certain collegiate experiences predict undergraduate women's expectation to enroll in graduate study and to determine if the experiences influence expectation to enroll by race. The study employed logistic regression to explore the relationship between undergraduate women's educational aspirations and family, faculty and peer influences and those differences by race/ethnicity. The results revealed that academic ability (GPA) and peer experiences influenced advanced degree aspirations. In addition, being of African-American or Latina decent is associated with a higher level of advanced degree aspiration. Also, as frequency of interactions between faculty and African-American women increase--aspiration decreases. These findings suggest that it is important to consider the various factors that influence advanced degree aspiration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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