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ERIC Number: ED511600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Postsecondary Education Access and Success: Raising Achievement through Outreach Programs. Brief
Broton, Katie
Wilder Research
Closing the achievement gap depends on highly effective public schools, strong community support, and family involvement. Raising the overall rates of achievement in Minnesota is a vital part of this goal. Research has shown that pre-college outreach programs improve college access for underrepresented groups, including low-income, first-generation, and minority students. The most effective programs do this by promoting college awareness and attendance, improving academic skills, building student self-esteem, and providing role models. One study found that such programs can nearly double the odds of college enrollment for moderate- to high-risk students. Key features of an effective outreach program are discussed in this paper. [This briefing paper presents highlights of the report "Increasing postsecondary enrollment: A literature review of the effectiveness of outreach programs" with additional information from Perna's "Improving the transition from high school to college in Minnesota".]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilder Research
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota