ERIC Number: ED287355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
A Difference of Degrees: State Initiatives to Improve Minority Student Achievement. Report and Recommendations of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Task Force on Minority Student Achievement.
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Ways that states can help improve the academic achievement of minority college students are recommended by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEOs) Task Force on Minority Student Achievement. Current concerns regarding minority representation in college and minority student achievement are outlined, and implications in the context of future trends are examined. Attention is directed to demographic and economic trends. While in the late 1960s and early 1970s, minority groups made great strides and fairly uniform strides in educational attainment, today that progress has become uneven. In general, minorities have higher attrition rates, lower grade point averages, and slower progression rates than majority students. Data are provided on college enrollments by race/ethnicity of students for fall 1968 to fall 1986. Causes for disparities in achievement are considered that revolve around socioeconomic and psychological/cultural factors, as well as educational considerations. Ten task force recommendations for SHEEOs are offered, including: state and federal governments should help remove economic barriers to college attendance; and SHEEOs should establish a formal institutional planning and reporting process dedicated to improving minority student access and achievement. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Advisory Committees, Change Strategies, College Attendance, Educational Attainment, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Position Papers, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Influences, State Action
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80295.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.