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Farrell, Walter C., Jr.; Sapp, Marty; Johnson, James H., Jr.; & Pollard, Diane S. (1994). Assessing College Aspirations among at-Risk High School Students: A Principal Component Analysis. The High School Journal, 77, 294-303.


Traditionally, research that addressed the transition from high school to postsecondary educational institutions focused on student characteristics which seemed likely to predict postsecondary educational success. During the past two decades , this emphasis has been broadened to include: (1) studies of populations admitted to postsecondary institutions who are labeled "at risk" for one reason or another; and (2) research related to the recruitment and encouragement of students from minority and/or disadvantaged groups. While much has been written concerning institutional attempts to recruit and retain these and other students, there has been relatively little discussion of the factors influencing student decision making regarding college attendance


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The High School Journal


Farrell, Walter C., Jr.
Sapp, Marty
Johnson, James H., Jr.
Pollard, Diane S.