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Title:Liberian Higher Education at Cuttington University College: Are Both Sexes Equal?
Author:Saunders, Janice M.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:social mobility
Education and Oral Traditions
Education and Training
Abstract:This study examines the social characteristics of students at Cuttington University College in Liberia to see 1) if males and females who matriculate have similar social backgrounds and 2) if status maintenance - when people tend to stay at the socioeconomic level of their parents - is prevalent or not within this private, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts, church-affiliated college. The variables examined include: sex ratio, ethnicity, parents' residence, religion, age, grades at Cuttington University College, desire to remain in college, source of spending money, family social class, parental occupations, parents' income, parents' education, academic majors, plans for after graduation, and predicted future occupational prestige and social class. The data for the study were collected through a questionnaire administered to students at Cuttington during the first semester of 1989. On many variables in this study, males and females show similarities. However, it appears that social mobility is realizable, but more so for men. For women, status maintenance is more characteristic. Probably more restrictive than lack of money for females, though, is the problem of gender role expectations that limit options. Bibliogr., notes.