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ERIC Number: EJ757233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In California, a Public Research University Succeeds because Its Low-Income Students Do
Hebel, Sara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n29 pA22 Mar 2007
Riverside has long struggled to shake its reputation as a campus of last resort in the University of California system, taking in students who could not get accepted at more prestigious branches. But Riverside's position has also allowed it to draw large numbers of students from low-income backgrounds, who are likelier than their wealthier peers to have received poor preparation in high school and to come from families without college-going experience. That has helped Riverside carve out a new identity: It has become one of the system's--and the nation's--most socioeconomically diverse public research institutions, with a track record of helping its financially needy students succeed. This article presents Riverside's programs which are designed to raise the graduation rates of low-income students. As the nation grows more racially diverse and seeks to improve degree-completion rates across socioeconomic groups, public institutions are going to have to follow Riverside's lead and learn to help a wider array of students graduate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California