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Basing College Chances on Lottery Dreams

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Sociological research is often concerned with the stratification of opportunity and how opportunities are understood by various populations. Critics have argued that opportunity norms sometimes mislead students into wasting their time on relatively unproductive actions, chasing dreams while overlooking more dependable courses of action. Using two sources of data including a compendium of scholarships and data on all seniors in a large school district, we find that private college scholarships might be an example of an opportunity norm leading to unintended consequences. As we show, on average students receive small amounts of money from scholarships, but they often depend upon them for college funding without pursuing more dependable sources of college funding. Furthermore, applying to three or more colleges, as incentivized by the school district studied does not have the enrollment benefits intended. While we understand lotteries as long-shot games of chance, we don’t always see the ways we create lottery-like situations in our education system, even with the best of intentions. This paper describes scholarships odds and consequences and identifies the gaps they create in the high school to college transition.

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Becker, Kelly. and Rosenbaum, James. "Basing College Chances on Lottery Dreams" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564850_index.html>

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Becker, K. I. and Rosenbaum, J. , 2012-08-16 "Basing College Chances on Lottery Dreams" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564850_index.html

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Abstract: Sociological research is often concerned with the stratification of opportunity and how opportunities are understood by various populations. Critics have argued that opportunity norms sometimes mislead students into wasting their time on relatively unproductive actions, chasing dreams while overlooking more dependable courses of action. Using two sources of data including a compendium of scholarships and data on all seniors in a large school district, we find that private college scholarships might be an example of an opportunity norm leading to unintended consequences. As we show, on average students receive small amounts of money from scholarships, but they often depend upon them for college funding without pursuing more dependable sources of college funding. Furthermore, applying to three or more colleges, as incentivized by the school district studied does not have the enrollment benefits intended. While we understand lotteries as long-shot games of chance, we don’t always see the ways we create lottery-like situations in our education system, even with the best of intentions. This paper describes scholarships odds and consequences and identifies the gaps they create in the high school to college transition.


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