ERIC Number: ED466268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Community Colleges and Low Income Populations: A Background Paper.
This is a background paper prepared for the conference "Community Colleges and Low Income Populations: Lessons from Research... Priorities for Policy." The paper sets out the framework that informs the conference. The author seeks to answer the question: What strategies, practices, and policies are needed if community colleges are to help people of all academic backgrounds gain skills and credentials that can move them toward self-sufficiency and the ability to keep learning and advancing? The paper notes that, according to Carnevale and Fry, in 1959 20% of workers needed at least some college for their jobs, while today 56% do. In addition, the unemployment rate for a high school dropout is typically at least four times that of a college graduate. The increasing size of the youth population promises to add two million new young people to the ranks of those who are unlikely to go to college, and at the same time a larger proportion of the youth cohort will be seeking college credentials. The number of minority 18-24-year-olds will increase by 40%. This paper stresses the need for focused outreach and recruitment and retention programs for first-time college goers, new immigrants, and other underserved populations. (Contains 34 references in an annotated bibliography.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Note: Additional support provided by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Paper presented at the Community Colleges and Low Income Populations: Lessons from Research... Priorities for Policy Conference (Boston, MA, March 2002).