ERIC Number: ED394453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Academic Pool of Minority Students for Higher Education in Virginia.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This monograph discusses issues and problems in enhancing the academic and financial preparation of minority students in Virginia for college. Practices contributing to the disproportionately low percentage of minority students prepared for college are identified including inadequate preparation of teachers to instruct students from diverse backgrounds; failure of guidance counselors to identify and enroll minority students in academic programs; and use of ability grouping and disproportionate tracking of minority students into non-college preparatory programs. Five major recommendations are made: (1) ensure inservice and preservice training for administrators, counselors, and teachers on the learning styles and guidance needs of minority students; (2) promote increased parental involvement in and greater community support for the education of minority students; (3) empower minority students and their parents by providing them with information needed to prepare for college; (4) present seminars, workshops, and conferences that focus on eliminating barriers to Virginia's higher education system; and (5) reduce the widespread use of ability grouping and tracking. Also provided are statistics for minority enrollment in state-supported institutions of higher education, graduation rates from various educational levels, and enrollment in Governor's School programs. An appendix describes state assistance programs for at-risk students. (Contains 18 reference notes). (JPB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Affirmative Action, College Admission, College Bound Students, College Students, Counselor Training, Educational Counseling, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Financial Support, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Student Financial Aid, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers: Diversity (Student); Virginia