ERIC Number: ED237015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-23
Reference Count: 0
Testimony to the National Commission on Excellence in Education. (Public Hearing, Chicago, Illinois, June 23, 1982).
McConner, Ora B.
The preparation of high school students for the transition from secondary to postsecondary education is discussed by an official of the Chicago public schools. It is suggested that access to postsecondary education should not be linked solely to test scores without regard to achievement within the child's environment. Recent statistics show that in Chicago's public schools, fewer students who have completed graduation requirements are planning postsecondary education and training. Of the students planning to enter college in 1982, most are academically strong and can assume high college costs. Preparation of students for college requires cooperation between colleges and high schools, along with the assistance of secondary and postsecondary school guidance counselors. Additionally, technology allows students to interact with the computer to explore career fields and college choices and to obtain an explanation of financial aid. The effect of the recession on students' college plans has been significant, and many middle-class applicants are applying to schools closer to home, state universities, and two-year community colleges, or to the military. In this time of uncertainty and diminished opportunities, the poor cannot afford to attend college. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admissions Counseling, Articulation (Education), Career Planning, College Attendance, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Economic Climate, Financial Problems, Hearings, High School Graduates, Noncollege Bound Students, Post High School Guidance, Postsecondary Education
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL.
Identifiers: Excellence; Illinois (Chicago); National Commission on Excellence in Education
Note: For related documents, see ED 227 094, HE 016 788-808, HE 016 814, and HE 016 887.