ERIC Number: ED478809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Access and Achievement Building Block: Making the Case for All To Achieve.
Scurry, Jamie E.
This essay explores the importance of college access and completion for all students. Two decades ago a ticket to the middle class could be purchased with a high school diploma, but now that ticket requires a college degree. When it comes to college attendance and graduation, statistics show that students of color and low-income students lag behind their white counterparts. Predictive studies suggest that students of color are the fastest growing segment of the population. Given this, it is incumbent on policymakers and academic leaders to figure out how to continue to improve access, while broadening their focus to include efforts aimed at increasing attainment rates for all students. This paper reviews the current demographic and educational environment and describes who is going to college and who graduates. It reviews some of the obstacles facing admission access and attendance and discusses the role of financial aid in promoting access and retention. The role of remediation in increasing retention and graduation is considered, and some policy suggestions are made for remediation programs. Four appendixes describe examples of programs for retention and remediation. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 199 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Graduates, Educational Attainment, Graduation Rate, Higher Education, Minority Groups, School Holding Power
For full text: http://www.futuresproject.org/publications/AAnewformat1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Prepared for the Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University.