Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Research Practice

"Students beginning their educational journeys in community colleges, as well as students from less advantaged family backgrounds, are more likely to dedicate longer hours to paid employment, which has negative consequences for degree attainment" (Roksa, 2010, p. 304 ).

Roksa, J. (2010). Differentiation and work: Inequality in degree. High Education, 61, 293-308. doi:

          10.1007/s10734-010- 9378-7

          This source is a scholarly article from a journal. I found it with the help of a librarian at Merit Library. This source contains a literature review, data, and results relating to the topic of job placement. It compares the employment rates for students that obtained degrees at community colleges of 4- year public universities and provides some reasons for the results. This is a very solid source. The author is from the department of Sociology at the University of Virginia and provides contact information if one needed to reach the author. Also a bibliography is included. I can use this quote to show that where a person obtains their degree from actually does have an effect on job placement after college.

"At most public 4-year institutions, tuition charges are generally higher for out-of-state students than for in-state residents, reflecting the state subsidies public institutions receive. In 2007–08, the average in-state tuition was $6,200 and the average out-of-state tuition was $15,100 for full-time undergraduates enrolled in public 4-year institutions"
(Chang Wei, 2010, P. 6).

U.S. Department of Education. (2010). What is the price of college? Total, net, and out-of-pocket

            prices in 2001-08 (NCES Publication No. 2011-175). Retrieved from National Center for 
           Education Statistics website: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011175

           This source contains information on costs of 4-year universities and statics of how much students actually pay relating to grants, loans, and income. This source is very solid. It is from a government institution, is peer reviewed, and contains references. I will use this source when comparing costs of attending different colleges to obtain a undergraduate degree and follow that up by deciding if the cost is worth it based on any extra opportunities given.

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