ERIC Number: ED317644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Certainty of Opportunity. A Report on the NASFAA/ACE Symposium on Early Awareness of Postsecondary Education.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
This document comprises a report on the agreements reached at a symposium on early awareness of postsecondary education. Representatives from 30 education organizations discussed a national agenda for early awareness programs and explored opportunities for collaboration. Early awareness programs are broadly based efforts to introduce students in the late elementary and early secondary grades to the increased opportunities available to high school graduates who enroll in a postsecondary education program. All intervention strategies should be based on the following concepts: (1) all student groups, including minorities and other at-risk groups, have high aspirations and are capable of academic achievement; (2) minority students have talents and abilities that are inhibited and obscured by the structure and practices of the education system; (3) instituting the necessary changes in the education system will take a significant expenditure and effort; and (4) schools must be assisted in providing necessary services through collaborative arrangements. The following program elements are necessary: (1) early parent and childhood education; (2) parent involvement; (3) tutoring and supplemental instruction; (4) efforts to build self-esteem and instill a positive attitude towards success through education; (5) mentoring, role models, and other support group interactions; (6) involvement of postsecondary student services staff; (7) guidance about preparation for the next levels of study and affirmation that students can succeed in any learning situation; and (8) program evaluation through long-term tracking of participants. Strategies are recommended for educators, the community, the private sector, and government. A list of four related research reports is attached. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Preparation, Conferences, Cooperative Programs, Educational Mobility, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Parent Participation, Post High School Guidance, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.