ERIC Number: ED484234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 21
Powerful Partnerships: Independent Colleges Share High-Impact Strategies for Low-Income Students' Success. New Agenda Series. Volume 5, Number 4
Lumina Foundation for Education
Colleges and universities face financial and educational challenges in educating low-income students. The challenges arise not only from the students' more limited financial resources, but also from often related factors that affect students' preparation for and motivation to pursue higher education. To address this problem in keeping with America's commitment to egalitarian opportunity, higher education has taken a number of steps over the last half century to level the playing field for individuals and families. A greatly expanded network of community colleges and state universities has reduced the costs associated with distance. To deal with the accompanying issues of motivation and preparation, most higher educational institutions ? public and private ? have instituted a broad range of outreach initiatives, pre-college programs, developmental courses, and tutoring and study skills classes. This document identifies institutions that are successful in educating low-income students. In this document, presidents of 15 independent colleges and universities that have had genuine success admitting, sustaining and graduating low-income students reflect on those successes. The authors discuss how their institutions have addressed students' low-income circumstances. They also provide insight into methods of reaching and understanding these students and thus shaping environments amenable to their educational goals.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Student Financial Aid, Educational Strategies, Student Motivation, Study Skills, Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, College Preparation
Lumina Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806. Tel: 800-834-5756 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.luminafoundation.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Parents; Students
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.