ERIC Number: EJ708606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
To Achieve the Dream, First Look at the Facts
Lamkin, Martha D.
Change, v36 n6 p12 Nov-Dec 2004
Say the words "college student" to someone in the street and ask that person to describe the mental image the term generates. The image will likely be that of a recent high school graduate, a young, white, middle- or upper-income person pursuing a four-year degree on a residential campus. This image is inaccurate. students of color represent a large and growing segment of the postsecondary student population. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) show that between 1976 and 2000, the proportion of American college students from minority groups nearly doubled, increasing from 15 percent to 28 percent. for millions of today's postsecondary students--young, old, brown, white, part-time and full-time--"going to college" means attending a community college, not a four-year residential campus. This document describes pro's and con's of students attending a community college.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Student Diversity, Minority Groups, Community Colleges, High Risk Students, Student Needs, Intervention
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas