Socioeconomic stratification of community college transfer access in the 1980s and 1990s: Evidence from HS&B and NELS

Alicia C. Dowd, Tatiana Melguizo

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Abstract

This study analyzes the High School and Beyond (HS&B) and National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS) data to determine whether a "middle-class takeover" of the community college transfer function occurred between the late 1980s and early 1990s. The findings demonstrate that the middle-class share of transfer enrollments and graduates at both selective and less selective four-year institutions did not increase, except for an increase in the share of lower-middle-SES students among transfer graduates of less selective institutions. On the contrary, our point estimates, though not statistically significant, suggest that the share of students from the highest-SES quintile increased among transfers to selective institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-400
Number of pages24
JournalReview of Higher Education
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

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  • Education

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