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PEDAR: Executive Summary High School Academic Curriculum and the Persistence Path Through College
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1 It also included courses in computer science, but students did not report on such courses on their entrance exam applications. (return to text)

2 The research of Burkham, Lee, and Smerdon (1996) and Adelman (1999) was used extensively in guiding the development of the variable. (return to text)

3 Selectivity was determined by admitted students’ entrance exam scores. (return to text)

4 The “persistence track” to a bachelor’s degree is defined as maintaining uninterrupted enrollment in a 4-year institution toward a bachelor’s degree objective. It includes those who transfer between 4-year institutions without a break in enrollment. The persistence track concept was first developed by Carroll (1989) to demonstrate the optimal path to a bachelor’s degree and the adverse effects of straying from the path. (return to text)

5 After adjusting for the design effect, the t-value of the coefficient was 1.90. See research methodology, adjustment section for more information. (return to text)

6 A recent NCES report provides a detailed analysis of the experiences of "first-generation" college students-those whose parents did not attend college (Warburton, Bugarin, and Nunez 2001). (return to text)

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