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ERIC Number: ED511563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Educational Trajectories of Urban Youth: Addressing Vulnerabilities and Barriers to Enrollment and Persistence. Chapin Hall Issue Brief
Milesi, Carolina; Lansing, Jiffy; Bell, Katie Claussen; Goerge, Robert; Stagner, Matthew
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Much research and many policy initiatives to date have focused on access to postsecondary education. However, despite the fact that college attendance has increased considerably over the last three decades, the proportion of students who complete college has decreased. This lack of persistence and degree completion in college, especially among disadvantaged students, has become an increasing concern to policymakers interested in fostering the development of competence and self-sufficiency in young adults. This issue brief explores the educational trajectories of Chicago youth from high school to college. The authors track the range of pathways that they follow through postsecondary education and suggest policies and programs that have the potential to support these young adults as they pursue their postsecondary educational goals. They find that urban youth do not follow uniform pathways into or through postsecondary education. In fact, their multiple paths are strewn with different obstacles that affect rates of advancement through postsecondary education, including the following: (1) varying levels of academic preparedness and credentials upon entering postsecondary education; (2) different points of initial entry into postsecondary educational institutions; and (3) different rates of persistence in postsecondary education, depending on the initial entry point and the student's individual characteristics. (Contains 8 footnotes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Identifiers - Location: Illinois