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Title:Productivity patterns of the East St. Louis Senior High School Black graduates compared with selected Illinois high school Black graduates at UIUC from 1983 to 1993
Author(s):Mitchell, Rudolph
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rodgers, Frederick A.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black Studies
Education, Guidance and Counseling
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Education, Higher
Abstract:This study compared productivity patterns of former East St. Louis Senior High School Black graduates with selected Illinois high school Black graduates at UIUC from 1983 to 1993. Data were collected from high school records, school yearbooks, commencement programs, interviews, questionnaires, teachers' and counselor's comments, and comments from professors/staff at UIUC. Data were analyzed through descriptive, quantitative summaries, and interpretations of qualitative data.
Productivity patterns revealed that: (1) GPA was a successful measurable, predictive characteristic of success. (2) The Principal's Scholars Program (college prep) served as an incubator for Black high school graduates to ultimately attend college. (3) Extracurricular activities influenced decisions to attend college. (4) Strong family support, coupled with self-determination, persistence, and a strong desire to succeed are indicators of success that shaped future plans to attend college. (5) From 1983 to 1993, East St. Louis Senior High School ranked fourth in the state of Illinois sending students to UIUC, and was the number one comprehensive high school sending Black students to UIUC. (6) East St. Louis Senior High School Black student graduates compared favorably (in some instances more favorably) with Black and White students on measurable success characteristics of the students enrolled from 48 selected Illinois high schools used in this study. (7) The East St. Louis Senior High School played and continues to play a significant role in producing qualified Black youth who attend UIUC.
The following recommendations could encourage more Black high school graduates to attend college: (a) attract more student participation in college prep programs, (b) encourage participation in extracurricular activities; (c) re-evaluate students' ability to successfully take tests, improve students' study habits, and increase content learning; (d) involve more parental participation in schooling; (e) provide students with more choices of colleges to attend, and help them become better informed concerning curriculum offerings in higher education; (f) nurture students' determination, persistence, and their desire to be successful; (g) increase students' intellectual exposure in and outside of the classroom across academic areas; (h) institute and maintain effective support college programs for college students; and (i) include more demographic follow-up information on graduates' progress in their school records.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Mitchell, Rudolph
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9416410
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9416410

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