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ERIC Number: ED039833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 11
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Theoretical Issues Involved in Educating the Disadvantaged.
Menzel, Dennis
This paper examines the present efforts of colleges and universities to offer educational opportunity to disadvantaged students, briefly reviews some of the studies in this area, and recommends guidelines for planning and implementing educational opportunity programs. The Coleman study clearly documented the problem of educational deprivation; Katz, Berger, and others have analyzed the conditions that create educational deprivation; and Gordon and Wilkerson, and Egerton have surveyed experimental and compensatory programs for students with deficient pre-college background. The surveys indicated that relatively few institutions have compensatory programs and that only a small number of disadvantaged students are reached. Though many of these programs are commendable, there seems to be a general neglect of the non-black minorities, systematic evaluation of the programs is almost nonexistent, and most programs are created without knowledge of similar programs elsewhere. In planning a compensatory program, institutions should first assess their ability to cope with disadvantaged students, establish realistic objectives, and allocate adequate funds. The ideal program should include: a recruitment program; a summer preparatory program; a special services program; and student financial aid. A system for evaluating program effectiveness must also be incorporated. (AF)
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