Assessing the Factors Associated with the Possession of an Academic Ethic in College

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Fall 2014

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Sociological Viewpoints


Possession of an academic ethic in college is known to result in a higher likelihood of college success, but less is known about the factors associated with the development of an academic ethic in the first place. Based on an analysis of data collected from two U.S. universities we find that in addition to race and gender, college preparatory course enrollment and high school type (public or private), as mediated by social class, are associated with the extent to which one possesses an academic ethic in high school, which in turn predicts the possession of an academic ethic in college. In addition, the results show support for the positive influence of academic mentors on the level of one's academic ethic in college, particularly for nonwhite and female students. High schools and colleges can make use of this information to better socialize students for the transition experience and college success.


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