ERIC Number: ED428795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Unrealistic Plans and Misdirected Efforts: Are Community Colleges Getting the Right Message to High School Students? Community College Research Center Occasional Paper.
This paper suggests that community colleges receive undeserved criticism as institutions that contribute to students' decline in college motivation. Rather, many college-bound youths underestimate college demands due to open-admissions policies and the ready availability of remedial courses, and fail to prepare adequately for this educational transition. High school students who believe they can make plans for college even if their academic achievement is low seem to reduce their efforts in high school. A 1992 national survey found that, while students with low grades can attend college, over 80% of college-planning students with low high school grades fail to complete any college degree 10 years later. Analyses indicate that high school grades strongly predict educational attainment, signifying whether students attain their plans, predicting plans-attainment for blacks and whites alike, and explaining much of the lower attainment and unrealized plans of disadvantaged students. High school grades have proven to be the most influential factor affecting students' failure to attain their original educational plans in open-door colleges. This paper asserts that the best way for community colleges to intervene would be to inform students about what they must do in high school to make their preparation match their educational plans. The development of linkage programs between high schools and colleges also may help improve high school students' understandings of college requirements. Contains 45 references. (AS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Bound Students, College Preparation, College Role, Community Colleges, Grade Point Average, High School Students, High Schools, Intervention, Predictor Variables, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th St., Box 174, New York, NY 10027; Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.