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ERIC Number: ED507873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Charting a Necessary Path: The Baseline Report of Public Higher Education Systems in the Access to Success Initiative.
Engle, Jennifer; Lynch, Mary
Education Trust
In 2007, the presidents and chancellors of nearly two dozen public postsecondary systems created the Access to Success Initiative to pursue two goals: (1) increase the number of college-educated adults in their respective states; and (2) ensure that their institutions' graduates included more young people from low-income and minority families by 2015. They did so because they recognized that a college education--now more than ever--is the surest route to a decent job and contributes to the health of their democracy. The United States continues to lose ground to other countries in educational levels of its young people. President Obama has set a goal of returning the United States to its number one position by 2020, which will mean increasing both college-going and college-completion rates. It is essential however to understand something very important: The changing demography of the country demands especially large increases in college access and success among young people who traditionally have been under-represented on their campuses and even more so at their commencement exercises--low-income students, African-American students, Latino students, and American-Indian students. Unless colleges and universities seriously address these longstanding gaps, Americans can expect the nation's educational attainment level to decline over the coming decade. This baseline report of the Access to Success Initiative shows that low-income and minority students enroll in and graduate from four-year programs at disproportionately lower rates than do other high school graduates in their respective states. Access to Success Data Metrics Technical Appendix is provided. (Contains 7 figures and 20 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust
Identifiers - Location: United States