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dc.contributor.advisor St. John, Edward P en_US Nelson, Jesse Yeager en_US 2010-06-01T21:59:04Z 2010-10-19T18:18:19Z 2010-06-01T21:59:04Z 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, School of Education, 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract While conventional wisdom suggests postsecondary education is fundamental to sustaining economic growth, maintaining a democratic polity, and insuring individual quality of life, opportunities to pursue postsecondary education are not distributed equitably. Of most notable concern, in institutions of higher learning, is the under-representation of first-generation college students, students of color, students from low-income homes, and immigrant students. This study examined the Washington State Achievers (WSA) Program, a guaranteed scholarship program serving those traditionally underrepresented in higher education. High school students from five high schools, in one urban Washington state district, were surveyed about their family and educational backgrounds, social networks, and participation in the WSA program. A follow-up survey was administered the fall after high school graduation, at which time students were asked if and where they were enrolled in postsecondary coursework. Responses to the surveys were analyzed using multinomial logistic regression models to evaluate how the WSA program influenced postsecondary enrollment and the types of postsecondary institutions in which underserved students enrolled. Results from the analysis suggested that the WSA program was effective at not only improving postsecondary opportunity, but in expanding the opportunity for enrollment at four-year universities. Furthermore, the WSA program was particularly effective at improving postsecondary opportunity for African American and female scholarship recipients. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en_US
dc.rights This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License
dc.subject postsecondary access en_US
dc.subject underrepresented students en_US
dc.subject postsecondary opportunity en_US
dc.subject postsecondary equity en_US
dc.subject financial aid en_US
dc.subject postsecondary intervention program en_US
dc.subject.classification Education, Higher (0745) en_US
dc.title In Pursuit of Postsecondary Equity: Evalutaing the Washington State Achievers Program en_US
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en_US

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