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Title:How Demographics Affect Student Major Choice
Author(s):Callejas,Alejandro; Dugas, Taylor; Khan, Samar; McCormick, Anna
Contributor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary
Abstract:For many students, the choice of major in college is the first big decision made. Our group wants to better understand how socioeconomic standing, race, and parental involvement influence these decisions for students. We wanted to understand the correlation between these factors and major choice as well as overall satisfaction as a result of that choice. To do this, we collected quantitative and qualitative data from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students through online surveys and focus groups. From our research we were able to determine that there is reason to believe that parental involvement in a student’s life is one of the biggest factors that influences major choice.
Issue Date:2016-12
Course / Semester:ACE 471 Fall 2016
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-07

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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