ERIC Number: ED440587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
From Rusty Wire Fences to Wrought-Iron Gates. How the Poor Succeed in Getting to--and through--College. Policy Perspectives.
This booklet presents the stories of several students who were the first generation in their families to go to college, in order to dramatize the door-opening, life-changing power of Pell Grants and related student assistance. These stories synthesize interviews with more than 20 low- and moderate-income students who could not have attended postsecondary school without significant financial aid. Interviewees were asked about the social history of their educational experiences; about the barriers they faced in getting to college; about the social, emotional, and financial barriers to attaining a postsecondary degree; and about how they overcame these barriers. Their stories center on six key themes: early awareness of higher education and the availability of financial aid; the ability to break from family patterns; the importance of peers; the critical role of mentors and college outreach; the desire for personal growth and enhanced self-esteem; and the importance of early college success and goal setting. After presenting a brief historical overview of the democratization of higher education, the booklet lets the narratives speak to the six themes. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Case Studies, College Attendance, Family Influence, First Generation College Students, Higher Education, Individual Development, Low Income Groups, Mentors, Narration, Peer Influence, Poverty, Self Esteem, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Motivation
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0996 ($12). Tel: 800-323-7155 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.collegeboard.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board, Washington, DC. Washington Office.