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Although comparable percentages of African American and White high school sophomores expect to finish college (Nettles & Perna, 1997), smaller shares of African Americans and Hispanics than of Whites actually enroll. Only 39% of African American and 32% of Hispanic high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 24 were addenrolled in college in 1999, compared with 45% of Whites (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2001).


Copyright The Ohio State University. Reprinted from Journal of Higher Education, Volume 76, Issue 5, September/October 2005, pages 485-518. This material is posted here with the permission of the Ohio State University Press. Content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv or website without the copyright holder's written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.

Note: At the time of publication, Laura W. Perna was affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently (August 2006), she is a faculty member at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 07 August 2006

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