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ERIC Number: ED513454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the College Completion Gap: A Guidebook for the Faith Community
Moore, Laura A.; Bridgeland, John M.; DiIulio, John J., Jr.
Civic Enterprises
A degree beyond high school has become an essential element of opportunity in America and is a proven pathway out of poverty. However, the majority of our nation's young people, especially low-income Americans, are finding it difficult to complete this pathway to success. Every day, there are faith communities throughout the country that are creating social networks for disconnected youth, providing positive role models for students, improving their self-esteem, providing academic tutoring for class subjects and state standardized tests, hosting FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and college awareness nights, providing opportunities to visit college campuses, and partnering with postsecondary institutions to secure admissions and financial aid packages. Outstanding examples of how faith-based communities are engaging to help more students earn a degree beyond high school exist, but are still not sufficient to meet a growing need. As one pastor in Ohio told us, "Faith-based organizations are a sleeping giant in our city and our country. We could rouse this sleeping giant to get more students into and graduating from college. But we need guidance on how best to do that." This guidebook highlights the stories of those faith communities that are successfully increasing the number of students who graduate from college and provides faith leaders with the guidance they need to effectively partner with K-12 and postsecondary institutions to close the college completion gap. (Contains 62 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Civic Enterprises
Identifiers - Location: Ohio