THE INFLUENCE OF STUDENT PARENTS' SOCIAL ECONOMY AND SCHOOL CHARACTERISTICS IN ENROLLINGINTO THE STATE HIGHER EDUCATION IN WEST SUMATERA PROVINCE
This study aims to analyze the opportunities of high school students in West Sumatra in continuing their education to state universities. Economic and non-economic variables that are thought to influence student opportunities include students' academic abilities, parents' income, education costs, parents' expectations, and opportunities to get scholarships, school accreditation, job opportunities, income expectations and perceptions. This research is descriptive and associative research in which the data in this study consisted of primary and secondary data. The population of this research is the XII grade students of General Senior High Schools and Religion based Senior High Schools (Madrasah Aliyah). These schools numbered 77 schools with accreditation ranks A, BandC. The study involved 10 participants determined purposively with the consideration that the sub-samples were homogeneous. Thus, the total sample of students was 630 participants. The determination of schools and respondents was based on a random sampling procedure. The analysis technique in this study uses a logistic regression model. The results showed that academic ability, parents' income, education costs, opportunities to get scholarships, job opportunities, income expectations and perceptions oftertiary institutions influence the decision to get admitted in high schoolsin West Sumatra to continue their education at state universities. Meanwhile, parents’ expectations and school accreditation do not influence the determination of high schools in West Sumatra to continue their education at a state university.