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ERIC Number: ED517495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 257
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8809-9340-1
The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo
Miller-Adams, Michelle
W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
What if every high school graduate of a given school district could go to college for free--not just those with good grades or financial need, but all of them? And what if this promise was guaranteed for decades? What kind of transformation might ensue, not just in the lives of the students themselves but in the communities that surround them? Such are the questions raised by the Kalamazoo Promise, an unprecedented experiment in education-based economic renewal that is being watched and emulated by scores of cities and towns around the nation. When a group of anonymous donors announced in 2005 that they would send every graduate of this midsized public school district to college for free, few within or outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, understood the magnitude of the gesture. Now, in the first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, Michelle Miller-Adams charts its initial impact as well as its potential to bring about fundamental economic and social change in a community hurt by job loss, depopulation, and racial segregation. Drawing on cutting-edge research in the fields of education and economic development, Miller-Adams combines insights from these disciplines with an unparalleled understanding of the Kalamazoo Promise based on extensive interviews and observation from the program's earliest days. Her book tells the fascinating story of why the Kalamazoo Promise came about, how the broader community has responded to its introduction, and its impact--real and anticipated--on Kalamazoo's students, schools, social fabric, and economic future. At a time when communities across the nation are striving for greater economic competitiveness and expanded educational opportunities for their youth, Miller-Adams' firsthand account reveals both the promise and the challenges inherent in place-based universal scholarship programs and offers guidance to all those working to prepare their communities for success in the twenty-first century.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Identifiers - Location: Michigan