A new study concludes that Asian American students do not face negative consequences in college when rejected from their first-choice colleges and universities.The study — published in FILE – Students walk on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2015.’Small differences’Seven researchers at the University of Denver and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) looked at student outcomes of Asian American college students based on their admissions and enrollment decisions.Researchers analyzed data from two national surveys of 1,023 students who identified as Asian American: the 2012 Freshman Survey and 2016 College Senior Survey, both administered by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.The researchers assessed 27 student outcome measures spread across six general categories: academic performance and perception of academic abilities; satisfaction with college; self-confidence and self-esteem; level of student involvement; willingness and ability to contribute to society; and diversity of racial interactions.”We found that only small differences, if any, exist between the self-reported outcomes of Asian American students who were admitted to and attending their first-choice university and those students who were not,” said Nguyen.FILE – Future graduates wait for the procession to begin for commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., May 24, 2010.Legal opinionsThe U.S. Justice Department on August 13 said Yale University “illegally FILE – Students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 13, 2019.”Overall, our findings countered the claims made by the two groups that served as the impetus of the Justice Department’s investigation,” Nguyen said.Nguyen’s coauthors include Connie Y. Chang, Victoria Kim, Rose Ann E. Gutierrez, Annie Le and Robert T. Teranishi at UCLA, and University of Denver scholar Denis Dumas.”It is important to note that college choice and admission outcomes are not the only factor contributing to students’ college satisfaction,” Nguyen said. “Prior research indicates that feeling welcome and valued, instructional effectiveness, racial identity, and faculty and student interactions all impact college satisfaction.”In the “willingness and ability to contribute to society” and the “self-confidence and self-esteem” categories, across seven indicators, the groups showed no differences, according to the study research.

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