Race, ethnicity and nativity and the prestige of colleges attended

Citation

Fishman, Samuel H. (2020). Race, ethnicity and nativity and the prestige of colleges attended. Social Science Research.

Abstract

Although much literature examines racial/ethnic variation in college attendance, comparable research on the prestige of colleges attended is quite limited. Of particular interest are the colleges attended by Asian and Hispanic Americans, two populations with varied education outcomes across ethnicity and nativity. The analysis draws on a diverse sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to estimate OLS and Heckman selection models of prestige of the bachelor's institution attended among current college enrollees (Wave III) and graduates (Wave IV). Across all model specifications Chinese Americans tend to enroll and graduate from more prestigious colleges than Whites and most other racial/ethnic-nativity groups in the analysis. In contrast, economic disadvantage accounts for Mexican Americans' enrollment at less prestigious colleges than Whites. These findings suggest the important role of college prestige in stratification, especially for specific Asian American populations.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2020.102518

Keyword(s)

College prestige

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Fishman, Samuel H.

Year Published

2020

DOI

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2020.102518

Reference ID

5909