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Students whose parents did not go to college: Postsecondary access, persistence, and attainment. Findings from The Condition of Education 2001 (NCES 2001-126)

Citation

Choy, S. (2001). Students whose parents did not go to college: Postsecondary access, persistence, and attainment. Findings from The Condition of Education 2001 (NCES 2001-126). Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education.

Abstract

This essay from the Condition of Education 2001 summarizes the findings of a series of NCES studies about the experiences of high school graduates and postsecondary students whose parents did not attend college. These studies show that such students are at a distinct disadvantage when it come to postsecondary access. Among students who overcome the barriers to access and enroll in postsecondary education, students whose parents did not attend college remain at a disadvantage with respect to staying enrolled and attaining a degree. Rigorous high school coursetaking mitigates, but does not completely close, the gaps in access and persistence