This study examined the influence of participation in school and extracurricular activities on Latino males’ intention to pursue a bachelor’s degree in relation to their Latina peers. Using nationally representative High School Longitudinal Study data from 2012, researchers developed two factors and three dichotomous variables focused on academic, non-academic, or pre-college activities and ran multivariate regression models to determine the effect on intention to pursue a bachelor’s degree. After accounting for background characteristics, being female retained a strong positive effect on intention to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Two factors were positively associated with Latino males’ bachelor’s degree intention: Hours on School Work and College Planning and Preparation. Two dichotomous variables, Math Activities and Science Activities were positively associated; however, the other dichotomous variable, Non-academic Activities, was negatively associated. Most significantly, this study found that effects of high school activities and preparation for college are not constant across gender.
Saenz, Victor B. Ph.D.; Drake, Anna P. Ph.D.; Garcia-Louis, Claudia Ph.D.; Ryu, Wonsun J.; and Ponjuan, Luis Ph.D.
"Conceptualizing Latina/o College-going Behavior in High School,"
Journal of College Access: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jca/vol4/iss1/4