The present study is organized around the central hypothesis that the high school context affects students’ postsecondary outcomes. Drawing on a nationally representative sample of high school seniors from the Educational Longitudinal Survey (ELS:2002), this study broadens our empirical understanding of how students’ acquisition of human, social, and cultural capital at the individual and school level affects 2- and 4-year college attendance. Results highlight the normative role of high schools in promoting college enrollment, particularly the role of socioeconomics, academic preparation, and access to parent, peer, and college-linking networks. This study advances our understanding of the secondary-postsecondary nexus and has implications for policies and practices aimed at realizing the current administration’s promise of providing greater access to postsecondary education for all students.
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Engberg, M.E., Wolniak, G.C. Examining the Effects of High School Contexts on Postsecondary Enrollment. Res High Educ 51, 132–153 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-009-9150-y
- High school context
- College choice
- Postsecondary enrollment
- Human capital
- Social capital
- Cultural capital