Children of college-educated parents are much more likely to complete an undergraduate degree than children whose parents did not attend college, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education.
The study, published in early February, compared students whose parents attended at least some college to first-generation college students in how they fared after enrolling in post-secondary education.
To do this, the study established three separate categories of students: first-generation college students, students whose parents attended some amount of college and students whose parents earned a bachelor’s degree. Each of the last two categories were referred to in the study as “continuing-generation” students.
A “persistence track” measurement was created for each category of students and their progress toward a credential.
The study revealed having parents who attended even some amount of college made an impact on their children’s likelihood to stay on their persistence track. If a parent earned a bachelor’s degree their children were substantially more likely to stay on the persistence track than first-generation college students.