ERIC Number: ED306332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-10
Reference Count: 0
The National Agenda for Higher Education into the 21st Century.
America's economic future depends on the ability of educators to improve minority student retention and preparation. Demographic trends indicate that the economy will be dependent on the contributions of minority workers, who will comprise 60 percent of the labor force. Yet, school statistics indicate that 70 percent of Hispanic students and 28 percent of Black students drop out of high school, and that those who do graduate are not prepared for higher education. Solutions include the following: (1) improve high school student retention by increasing the quantity and quality of time that students must spend in an enriched, supervised environment supplemented by college student interns; (2) improve the preparation of high school graduates by creating school-college collaboratives specifically designed to increase minority student achievement on standardized tests and to encourage them to elect and persist in academic programs; (3) increase the number of minority students in the top ten percent of their high school class by developing special academic and financial incentives; (4) improve retention of minority college students by hiring minority faculty, monitoring the attitudes of white faculty, and developing a system of financial rewards and punishments for colleges based on their minority graduation rates; and (5) encourage social tolerance of cultural diversity by developing a comprehensive long-range strategic plan on each college campus to ensure a diverse and tolerant environment. A list of 17 references is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adolescents, Black Students, College Role, College School Cooperation, College Students, Dropout Prevention, Educationally Disadvantaged, Ethnic Groups, Futures (of Society), High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, Urban Education, Young Adults
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Statewide Conference on Retention of Minority Students, Ohio State University (Columbus, OH, January 10, 1989).