College Choice Priorities between Foreign-born and US-born Black Students

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College Choice Priorities between Foreign-born and US-born Black Students

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dc.contributor.advisor Xiao, Chenyang en_US Okorie, Sarah en_US
dc.contributor.other Ruiz-Junco, Natalia en_US 2012-11-06T19:07:11Z 2012-11-06T19:07:11Z 2012 en_US 2012-11-06
dc.identifier.other Okorie_american_0008N_10266 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: M.A. Sociology. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the differences in college choice priorities between foreign-born and US-born Black students in order to explain the large presence of Black immigrants in the Black population at top universities relative to their proportion in the nation's Black college-age population. Ogbu's cultural-ecological theory and Bourdieu's cultural capital concept guided this research in that foreign-born students were expected to seek aspects of colleges that would enhance their cultural capital, such as college rankings, while US-born students were expected to choose colleges based on more practical aspects of colleges, such as low tuition, because of these groups' different historical contexts in America. However, there was no supporting evidence for our main hypotheses. Instead, mother's education, number of college applications, and income were found related to college choice. Such findings suggest that for college choice immigrant status is not important. Further research may switch focus to college admissions officers' decisions. en_US
dc.format.extent 34 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject.other African-American en_US
dc.subject.other college choice en_US
dc.subject.other education en_US
dc.subject.other foreign-born en_US
dc.subject.other minority en_US
dc.title College Choice Priorities between Foreign-born and US-born Black Students en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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