**Research Question:**Are maternal expectations and at-home school involvement strategies related to a student's expectation that he or she will attend college?

I want to run a Lasso regression analysis, which will minimize prediction error for my quantitative response varible: student college expectations. I included several categorical and 1 quantitative explanatory in my model. Here is the syntax and output:

The graph and chart show that by far the most important predictor of student expectations are maternal expectations. The best model includes the variables mom college expecations, hispanic ethnicity, mom talked school other and mom worked on school project. Being Hispanic or Biracial appear to be negatively associated with college expecations, while the other variables are postivitely associated.