ERIC Number: ED408406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Helping African-American Students Prepare for College. Fastback 413.
Brown, O. Gilbert
This booklet provides some guidelines for preparing African American students for college. Parents' experiences with higher education are a key to shaping their expectations for their children, and the lack of direct parental experience can be a handicap for students who will be the first generation of their families to attend college. Educators must take a role in helping these students get ready for higher education. Academic preparation requires the completion of a rigorous curriculum with satisfactory evidence of achievement such as scores on college entrance examinations. Adequate preparation cannot occur overnight or in a vacuum. Students who have not had the advantages of adequate academic preparation may be eligible for special admissions programs. Knowing how to apply and succeed in these programs is important, but the real key to college admission is better preparation for African American students. Parental expectations and the attitudes of student peer play an important role in the student's preparation. The African American community needs to embrace a new vision regarding students attending and graduating from college. Helping African American students prepare for college is a complex and multidimensional challenge. Studying students who succeed in college will provide insight into ways to help others succeed. (Contains nine references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission (School), Black Students, College Preparation, Developmental Studies Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Parent Background, Parent Influence, Student Placement, Teacher Role, Transitional Programs, Urban Youth
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; telephone: (812) 339-1156.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.