ERIC Number: ED420257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Missed Opportunities: A New Look at Disadvantaged College Aspirants.
Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
This report provides a comprehensive portrait of educationally disadvantaged college aspirants, focusing on three important factors that hinder access to and success in postsecondary education. These factors--welfare participation, first-generation college student status, and parental divorce--exacerbate the obstacles that continue to confront low-income, minority, and other disadvantaged students. Based on Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Education data, the report found that the number of welfare recipients participating in postsecondary education has fallen since the federal welfare reforms of 1996. It also found that first-generation college students and children with divorced parents were less likely than their peers to complete the necessary steps to enroll in a four-year college, and that first-generation students were more likely than peers to delay enrollment in postsecondary education. The report recommends increased investment in early intervention and precollege programs, renewed efforts to increase the availability of college awareness information, increased availability of support services for college students, greater consistency and clarity in state policies concerning parental responsibilities to pay for college, fewer restrictions on participation in postsecondary education for welfare recipients, and simplified forms and processes for applying for college admission and financial aid. (Contains 56 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Access to Education, Admissions Counseling, College Applicants, College Preparation, Disadvantaged Youth, Divorce, Early Intervention, Educational Counseling, Educational Policy, Enrollment Influences, First Generation College Students, Higher Education, Paying for College, Social Services, Student Financial Aid, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.