ERIC Number: ED279370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec-12
Reference Count: 0
Access and Excellence: The Articulation Challenge among Urban High Schools, Community Colleges, and Four-Year Institutions.
Ellison, Nolen M.; Smith, Janet D.
The issue of educational access affects persons who live in urban areas more than any other single group in the country. The vast majority of such persons are black and economically and socially disadvantaged. A look at enrollment by geographic regions across the nation shows over 50% of all black students are concentrated in less than 2% of the public schools, and that blacks are underrepresented in postsecondary enrollments. These trends underscore the need to assure educational excellence within the areas of access, process, achievement, and transfer. To avoid the continuing trend of greater division between the educated majority and the uneducated minorities, there must be concerted efforts to build partnerships for the purpose of improving the access, opportunity, and success of high school students as they move to community and junior colleges and on to four-year colleges and universities. Specifically, effective articulation strategies related to curriculum, student support services (including student financial aid), and other policies and processes must be developed and implemented at all three levels of education. Considerable work has been done to promote the key factors of strong administrative leadership; greater emphasis on skills development; a climate of expectation of learning; and the use of assessment instruments, including projects by the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the College Board, and the Ford Foundation. (EJV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Affirmative Action, Articulation (Education), Black Students, College School Cooperation, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educationally Disadvantaged, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Minority Groups, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Cleveland, OH.