Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Event or Conference:
2014 Joint National Conferences of National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates
Baton Rouge, LAUnited States
The purpose of this study was to understand the postsecondary institution enrollment, degree-seeking, and degree completion patterns of African American and Hispanic graduates of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) from 2001 to 2010. The racial and ethnic composition of MCPS graduates has shifted over the last ten years—showing a substantial rise in the proportions of these two groups. This trend is projected to continue in MCPS and nationally. The increase in historical minority K–12 student populations nationally, combined with their stagnation or decrease in enrollment in postsecondary institutions, creates a growing interest in understanding trends and factors associated with the postsecondary success of these student groups. The study used a large data set and accounts for nine cohorts of recent graduates of MCPS, providing a fairly comprehensive insight into the situation. The study was influenced by perspectives from Hoover’s Vindicationist Philosophy (1990) and Harper’s Anti-Deficit Achievement Framework (2010), which focus on the achievement of minority students.