ERIC Number: ED448243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Technical, Cultural, and Political Factors in College Preparation Programs for Urban and Minority Youth. ERIC Digest Number 158.
This digest describes the essential components of college preparation programs for urban and minority youth. The digest suggests that such programs must attend to the cultural norms of the community and their own political contexts in order to increase students' access to, enrollment in, and graduation from college. College preparation programs must begin for students as early as possible, focus on readiness rather than remediation, and provide multiple services over an extended period of time. The technical components of precollege programs cover the structures, strategies, and knowledge necessary to prepare students for admission, enrollment, and graduation from college. College preparation must be more than a series of well-orchestrated mechanical and sequential services. It is an inherently complex and value-laden process. Attention must be paid to the inextricably intertwined technical, cultural, and political components to create not only well-intentioned but well-planned and implemented programs that can change the landscape of postsecondary attainment for minority youth from low-income neighborhoods. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Preparation, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, High School Students, High Schools, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 800-601-4868 (Toll Free); For full text: http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.