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ERIC Number: ED519286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 122
Effective Practices for Promoting the Transition of High School Students to College: A Review of Literature with Implications for California Community College Practitioners
Boroch, Deborah; Hope, Laura
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
In 2007, the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) was launched in California's 109 (now 110) community colleges. This initiative responds to an increasing awareness that state policies favoring "open access" also result in the enrollment of large numbers of students who are underprepared to succeed in college-level work. Identified as a key focus of the California Community College System Strategic Plan, the effort to systematically improve students' basic skills has subsequently received substantial redirected funding as colleges seek to evaluate their programs and services in alignment with effective practices that are documented and supported by research and published literature (Center for Student Success, 2007). As a follow-up to the initial summary of literature contained in "Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in California Community Colleges" (Center for Student Success), this report reviews effective practices for the successful transition of students from high school to college entry as documented in research-based literature. A significant body of literature has addressed various aspects of the high school to college transition. Much of the research has centered on defining the barriers or obstacles impeding successful transitions, with corresponding recommendations for strategies for overcoming these obstacles. The effective practices tend to be programmatic as opposed to isolated interventions; therefore, it is difficult to assess the impact of any single aspect within a program. Instead, the research implies that a combination of strategies working together tend to have the greatest impact. Practitioners should view the interventions as "packages" when considering implementation and weighing which strategies are most useful. Appendices include: (1) Examples of Selected Career Academies; (2) Examples of College Transition Programs for Students While Attending High School; and (3) Summer Bridge Programs in Colleges.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Chancellor's Office
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California