ERIC Number: ED357685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Level and Quality of Information Resources and Programs Available to Students and Parents. Symposium on Information Resources, Services, and Programs. Background Paper Number Two.
This paper discusses the key role of information in helping minority group parents and students gain access to postsecondary education and offers a descriptive framework for understanding information needs and availability. The framework is a taxonomy of the kinds and types of information needed by students and parents in order for the student to successfully enroll in and complete postsecondary education, and the ways in which these needs change over time. The framework is largely based on the Donald Hossler model, which suggests that information needs may be catalogued into one of two categories: academic and financial. Academic information may be broken down into curriculum requirements and performance requirements. Financial information breaks down into three types: (1) the cost of college and the necessary planning and preparation needed to pay for college; (2) the returns education offers for those who complete in their program of study; and (3) the availability of financial aid for students. Research on information availability indicates that systems often do not take student and parent information needs into account, that students and parents are dissatisfied with the information they do receive, and that access to information resources and services may be more limited for low income high school students. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Choice, College Preparation, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Counseling, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Services, Minority Groups, Models, Parent Role, Paying for College, Post High School Guidance, School Holding Power, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 026 428-443.