ERIC Number: ED114028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Opportunity Programs for the Disadvantaged in Higher Education. ERIC/Higher Education Research Report No. 6, 1975.
Gordon, Edmund W.
Numerous federal, state, and institutional projects have been undertaken in the areas of current educational opportunity programs for the disadvantaged, but there is still a need to bring about significant changes in the areas of administration, curriculum, program evaluation, and financial assistance. The state of compensatory education at the college level and the equivocal status of evaluation efforts is confused, but some conclusions can still be drawn. Where programs have been implemented with full systems of student support services, special opportunity students showed equal or higher grade-point averages than regular students of comparable ability, equal or higher retention rates, and increased self-esteem and motivation. Where special opportunity students are selected on the basis of previously demonstrated talent, college completion rates exceed those of the traditional college population. Some student support services that show promise include: full systems of student support services, services that provide protection from an impersonal atmosphere, remedial courses based on specific needs, programs which give attention to the sociopolitical life of the students, behavior modification, course content that complements the nationalistic concerns of students, developmental programs in test taking and study habits, and programs that prepare adolescents in the transition from high school to college. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Administration, College Students, Compensatory Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs, State Programs, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.