The Impact of High School Advanced Placement Course Participation on College Enrollment Among Would-Be-First-Generation College Students
Morrison, Donna R
As the number of would-be first-generation college students increases in high schools across the United States, policymakers must look for more ways to increase rates of postsecondary enrollment for this often vulnerable group of students. Among the many strategies that have been explored to increase postsecondary access is the expansion of Advanced Placement programs in high schools. These programs expose high school students to college level course work and provide students the opportunity to potentially earn college credit. Because of their rigorous academic nature and favorably among highly-selective colleges, participation in these courses are thought to enhanced students’ affinity and preparation for college. While research that affirms this belief has been mixed, the majority of these studies have focused on student samples in which would-be first-generation college students have been largely absent or underrepresented. This study seeks to fill this gap in the literature by exploring how and if participation in Advanced Placement courses increases the likelihood of college enrollment among would-be first-generation college students. The analysis suggests that AP course participation exerts a significant degree of influence over students’ college going decisions independent of other key factors, consistent with the primary hypothesis of the study.
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