ERIC Number: ED462414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: A Growing Challenge to American Higher Education. CSE Technical Report.
This document originated in the Roundtable on Linguistic/Cultural Diversity and American Higher Education organized by the National Task Force on minority High Achievement held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 6-8, 1998. It represents one participant's view of important themes that emerged during the Roundtable. Three trends combine to present a growing challenge to U.S. higher education: (1) rapid growth in culturally diverse populations; (2) a substantial increase in the number of culturally diverse students seeking admission to higher education; and (3) a wide gap between these culturally diverse students and European American students in their performance on admission tests such as the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT[R]). To respond appropriately to this challenge, the College Board will need to consider a broad range of policy options, some of which are described in this report. The first section focuses on preparatory programs for higher education. This section reviews two preparatory programs that the College Board has established, the Pacesetter[R] and the Advanced Placement Program (AP[R]) and recommends new directions for them to pursue to improve recruitment and instruction of culturally diverse students. The second section focuses on developing appropriate testing and assessment for culturally diverse students. It presents recommendations for improving the SAT and developing new approaches, which would not include versions of the SAT in other languages. It would be appropriate, however, to develop a modified English version of the SAT. The third section outlines a research agenda that supplements the development of testing and assessment by improving databases of the College Board, conducting research on SAT performance for culturally diverse students, and focusing on research on culturally diverse students who perform at the highest levels on the SAT. This research should identify factors in the home and community, as well as in the school, that contribute to students' success. (Contains 3 figures, 9 tables, and 151 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Applicants, College Entrance Examinations, College Preparation, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Educational Policy, Educational Research, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Research Needs
UCLA/Center for the Study of Evaluation, 301 GSE&IS, box 951522, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522 ($4.50). Tel: 310-206-1532. For full text: http://www.cse.ucla.edu/CRESST/Reports/TR556.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.; College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.