Race and Ethnic Differences in College Achievement: Does High School Attended Matter?

34 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2010

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Marta Tienda

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Jason M. Fletcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs; Yale University - School of Public Health

Date Written: January 4, 2010

Abstract

Using 10 years of enrollment data at four Texas public universities, this paper examines whether, to what extent, and in what ways high school attended contributes to racial and ethnic differences in college achievement. Like previous studies, we show that controlling for class rank and test scores shrinks, but does not eliminate, sizable racial differences in college achievement. Fixed-effects models that take into account differences across high schools that minority and nonminority youth attend largely eliminate, and often reverse, black-white and Hispanic-white gaps in several college outcomes. Our results, which are quite robust across universities of varying selectivity, illustrate how high school quality foments race and ethnic inequality in college performance.

Keywords: Minority students, College achievement, Texas Higher Education, High School quality

JEL Classification: I21, I23, J15

Suggested Citation

Tienda, Marta and Fletcher, Jason M., Race and Ethnic Differences in College Achievement: Does High School Attended Matter? (January 4, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1565135

Marta Tienda

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States
609-258-5808 (Phone)

Jason M. Fletcher (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs ( email )

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States

Yale University - School of Public Health ( email )

PO Box 208034
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
United States

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