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PEDAR: Executive Summary  First-Generation Students in Postsecondary Education
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1 See, for example, Choy (2001). (return to text)

2 Two comparison groups were included in this report: those who had at least one parent with some college education, but neither parent attained a bachelor’s degree; and those who had at least one parent who earned a bachelor’s or advanced degree. The latter group was also frequently referred to as “students whose parents were college graduates” in this report. (return to text)

3 For each indicator examined in this report, a parallel analysis was conducted for a restricted sample of students who attended a 4-year institution at any time in 1992-2000 and expected to attain a bachelor’s degree. Most findings reported here also held for this subgroup. (return to text)

4 All comparisons made in the report were tested using Student’s t statistic. All differences cited were statistically significant at the .05 level. (return to text)

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