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ERIC Number: ED498731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Getting There--And Beyond: Building a Culture of College-Going in High Schools
Corwin, Zoe Blumberg; Tierney, William G.
Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California
For the past ten years, researchers at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA) have spoken with students, teachers, counselors, administrators and family members about what is most helpful in preparing students for college. The majority of CHEPA's research has been conducted at urban, low-income schools serving high proportions of students of color, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. In all of its work, CHEPA has been concerned with how to increase access to college and enable students to graduate from a postsecondary institution. Researchers have analyzed the role of academics, guidance counselors, college preparation programs and financial aid dissemination. One overarching conclusion is that students are best served by schools that exhibit a strong "college culture." Culture is the intersection of beliefs and practices. All organizations have a culture, including schools. A school's culture is immediately evident when one sets foot on campus. It shows in hallways decorations, the way students interact with others on campus and attitudes about the "coolness" of academic success. Yet how does a particular school's culture promote college going? The authors respond here to five key questions aimed at strategizing and promoting a college culture on high school campuses: (1) What is a college culture?; (2) What are common challenges to building and sustaining a college culture?; (3) Who participates in a college culture?; (4) How can a school strengthen its college culture?; and (5) What resources are available to improve college culture? (Contains bibliography.) [This document was produced by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.]
Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA). University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, 3470 Trousdale Parkway, Waite Phillips Hall 701, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4037. Tel: 213-740-7218; Fax: 213-740-3889; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A