Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Research Methods and Information Science, Research Methods and Statistics

First Advisor

Kathy E. Green, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Bruce Uhrmacher

Third Advisor

Bin Ramke


Postsecondary enrollment rates, Title I, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


With a growing number of low-income students in the United States, it is critical to address persistent gaps in educational attainment. This study examined the postsecondary enrollment rates of students in Title I schools offering high academic ability tracks such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and explored access to these high ability tracks. Results indicate that the IBDP is available to low-income and minority students in Title I schools, although their participation rates were much lower than the participation rates of the average Title I student body. Nevertheless, once students participate in the IBDP, race/ethnicity and income appear to have a limited effect on immediate postsecondary enrollment. Moreover, Black IBDP students enrolled in college at the highest rates, even after controlling for income. This findings in this study replicate some well-established findings in the education literature, and introduce new findings as well on a unique population of students.

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Rights Holder

Melissa Gordon


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

49 p.



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