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Title:  Bridging the Gap: Academic Preparation and Postsecondary Success of First-Generation Students
Description: This report examines the high school preparation and postsecondary persistence of first-generation students—those students whose parents had no education beyond high school—and compares them with students whose parents went to college. The analyses address the following question: were first-generation students who were otherwise equally prepared academically comparable to students whose parents went to college in terms of their postsecondary enrollment and performance and rates of persistence and attainment? The data indicated that, while first-generation status is negatively associated with academic preparation in high school and success in postsecondary education, rigorous preparation in high school substantially narrows the gap in postsecondary outcomes between first-generation students and their peers whose parents graduated from college.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: May 2001
Web Release: June 26, 2001
Print Release: August 9, 2001
Publication #: NCES 2001153
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Edward C. Warburton, Rosio Bugarin, Anne-Marie Nunez
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS)
Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports (PEDAR)
Postsecondary education
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Aurora M. D'Amico.
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