Postsecondary Choices of Central Texas Graduates

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2009-05

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Beck, Nicole

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Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources

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The educational achievement gap has remained a topic of discussion for decades. However, much of the focus has revolved around outcomes such as graduation rates or drop-out rates. This report focuses further in the future for the Class of 2006 Central Texas graduates. First, it examines qualifications that local graduates have to test the hypothesis that minority and low-income graduates qualify for highly competitive universities at lower rates than their counterparts due to a lack of social capital. Second, it examines if graduates are subsequently choosing to enroll in postsecondary institutions which match their academic qualifications again looking to see if differences exist between subgroups of students. Upon analysis, lower shares of low-income and minority graduates have highly competitive academic qualifications when compared to their counterparts.

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