ERIC Number: ED446522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
What Is Opportunity? Defining, Operationalizing, and Measuring the Goal of Postsecondary Educational Opportunity. A Concept Paper.
O'Brien, Colleen; Redmond, Christina; Cunningham, Alisa Federico; Wolanin, Thomas; Merisotis, Jamie
Asserting that there is so little understanding of what "opportunity" means within the context of access to higher education that use of the word may cloud rather than clarify policy debate, this concept paper served as a resource document to aid participants at a 1999 seminar sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education. The paper includes: (1) a discussion of possible definitions of postsecondary opportunity; (2) a review of possible benchmarks of the minimum achievement levels that must be met to ensure opportunity and indicators of that achievement; (3) a discussion of the role of data in defining and measuring opportunity; and (4) an examination of the future agenda for defining, operationalizing, and measuring the parameters of postsecondary educational opportunity. Contains 38 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Benchmarking, College Admission, College Attendance, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Policy Formation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.; Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.; Council for Opportunity in Education, Washington, DC.