ERIC Number: ED493630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Diversity Digest. Volume 8, Number 1
Giles, Mark, Ed.
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Sponsored by the Pathways to College Network, this issue of "Diversity Digest" highlights some of the research that informs Pathways. Several of the articles identify factors that affect underserved students' ability to attend and succeed at postsecondary institutions. In the first article, "The Right to Learn and the Pathways to College Network" (Mark Giles, Ed.), the Pathways to College Network is described. The second article, "Designing Pathways to a Four-Year Degree" (Alberto F. Cabrera, Kurt R. Burkum, and Steven M. La Nasa), highlights factors that affect college enrollment and share findings from a research report on a 1980 cohort of high school sophomores. One implication of the research is not shocking: College planning and preparation should begin in middle school. The authors outline several strategies for moving young students along the pathway toward successful postsecondary experiences. The third article, "Preparing Students to Succeed in Broad Access Postsecondary Institutions" (Michael W. Kirst), the author argues for improving the quality of education received by underserved students who attend broad access schools. The fourth article, "African-American Student Achievement in Historically Black Colleges and Universities" (M. Christopher Brown, II), focuses on African-American student success at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). His findings reveal interesting data on the significant role of HBCUs in educating and graduating African-American students and on the shifts in where African-American students attend college. The fifth article, "Linking Student Support with Student Success: The Possee Foundation" (Deborah Bial), shares the good news of the organization's excellent work. The author describes how growing numbers of underserved students from urban settings are finding academic success in the nation's top colleges and universities with help from the Posse Foundation. The final article, "College Choice and Diversity" (Patricia M. McDonough), describes the factors that influence how underserved and minority students choose a college. The author notes how factors such as race, socio-economic status, high school experiences, college recruitment efforts, and the perceptions of an institution's racial climate significantly shape the college choices students make. (Individual articles contain references.)
Descriptors: Race, Recruitment, Minority Groups, Enrollment, College Planning, College Choice, Black Colleges, Academic Achievement, African American Students, Postsecondary Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.