The Road Less Traveled: The Achievement Gap in College and Differences by Parents’ Education, Gender, and Race

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Marlina J. Avery (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Arielle Kuperberg

Abstract: The author explored social factors that contribute to participation or non-participation in honors program to further understand the achievement gap that exists at the collegiate level. Parents' education, race, and gender (independent variables) were explored in relation to GPA, participation in an honors program, unpaid, out-of-class work experience with a professor, and working for pay (dependent variables). Data was collected via interviews with students and officials within the honors program. Also, statistical testing was completed via the SPSS software to run crosstabs. The researcher found that all the tables, except out-of-class work experience with a professor by gender and race produced values that were significant. However, certain relationships (e.g. parents' education by GPA, participation in an honors program, and working for pay) can be considered strong factors that may encourage participation. Research should continue to be explored on honors programs and factors encouraging or deterring participation.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2018
achievement gap, socioeconomic status (SES), gender, race, college

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