ERIC Number: ED293389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
A Neglected Challenge: Minority Participation in Higher Education. Occasional Paper No. Seventeen.
Rhodes, Frank H. T.
Issues concerning participation by minority groups in higher education in the United States are considered, along with some criticisms of higher education concerning: the substance and style of undergraduate education; efficiency and cost of college; a confusion of aims, missions, and goals among colleges and universities; and access, choice, and admissions issues. Enrollment trends for minorities since World War II are briefly traced, and implications of declining minority participation are noted. Possible responses to declining minority enrollments are recommended: increasing efforts in recruiting, improving retention, providing adequate support services, facilitating employment and graduate and professional study, and fostering wider partnerships with schools. Suggestions for universities and schools include better teacher training programs in the colleges and schools and better opportunities for teacher recognition, career development, and professional satisfaction in the schools. Targets by which to reduce the high school dropout rate nationwide and programs to achieve it are also proposed, along with establishing a meaningful competency level of literacy for school graduates. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Standards, Access to Education, College Attendance, College Faculty, College Role, College School Cooperation, Declining Enrollment, Dropout Prevention, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Student Recruitment
Academy for Educational Development, 1255 23rd St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Educational Development (May 1987).