ERIC Number: ED400867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Innovative Strategies To Increase Minority Higher Education Enrollment and Success.
Increasing the college enrollment and graduation of minority students will require systemic change in educational institutions. Currently, school systems are not equal in all communities and there exists a widespread lack of awareness of the importance of higher education and visible mobilizing forces in minority communities. Moreover, increasing entrance requirements and tuition costs are further limiting enrollment among minority groups. Community colleges and other institutions of higher education should use information gained from community outreach efforts to become more responsive to their communities, leading equity efforts, initiating partnerships for change, preparing educators with adequate skills, and providing technical assistance. The existing educational system presents many obstacles to increasing minority college graduation rates, including inadequate and misapplied assessment/placement methods, an acceptance in minority communities of the meager numbers of their children pursuing higher education, and reluctance to change existing policies and systems among school board members. However, dramatic steps must be taken to change the current climate. School boards should re-align policies to include local initiatives in curricula, while accountability might be refocused to center on grades, test scores, college preparation and enrollment, equitable distribution of students within academic programs, higher levels of parental involvement, and the general competitiveness of students in college and the world of work. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at several conferences (see appended pages).