Title page for ETD etd-11132008-215347

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Wang, Yadan
URN etd-11132008-215347
Title The Effects of Cumulative Social Capital on Job Outcomes of College Graduates
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Singh, Kusum Committee Chair
Alexander, M. David Committee Member
Chang, Mido Committee Member
Miyazaki, Yasuo Committee Member
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Job Outcomes
  • College Students
  • Social Capital
Date of Defense 2008-10-31
Availability unrestricted
The current study drew on a large and diverse body of literature on social capital and aimed to understand its role in the process of transition from college to work. In particular, this research studied the cumulative effects of social capital formed in high school years and college years and examined its relationship with job outcomes. The study used the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) to examine whether early investment in the social capital of young adolescents produced better job outcomes in their adulthood. Families and schools were two primary sources of social capital considered in the current study. Parental involvement in a young person’s life, extra-curricular activities and participation in volunteer organizations were some of the forms of social capital hypothesized to influence job outcomes after college. Structural equations modeling was used to trace the effects of the presence of social capital as early as the 8th grade in shaping student’s later career status. The longitudinal data measured social capital beginning in the 8th grade and every 2 years thereafter, so that the cumulative effects of the social capital resources were investigated. Overall, the hypothesized model was found to fit the data and the findings have suggested a set of positive and direct effects of social capital on job outcomes.
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