Influences on community college students' educational plans

Ernest T. Pascarella, Gregory C. Wolniak, Christopher T. Pierson

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This study analyzed data from 285 students attending 5 community colleges to identify the institutional and college experience variables influencing end-of-first-year educational degree plans. Controlling for an extensive array of important confounding influences, the estimated average precollege degree plans of students at the community college one attended had significant, positive total and direct effects on an individual student's end-of-first-year overall educational degree plans and plans to obtain at least a bachelor's degree. In the prediction of end-of-first-year overall educational degree plans, there were significant conditional effects involving sex, race, and precollege degree plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-314
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • College effects
  • Community colleges
  • Degree plans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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