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ERIC Number: EJ771473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-6
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In California, an Unusual Partnership Expands the College Track
Hebel, Sara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n44 pA16 Jul 2007
In a new approach to college readiness, San Diego State University now accepts all students from a large local school system as long as they complete a rigorous curriculum. Under a partnership formed eight years ago, the university has guaranteed a spot in its freshman class to all Sweetwater Union High School District students who complete college-preparatory course work, maintain a grade-point average of at least a 3.0, and meet proficiency standards for university-level work. The school district, as its end of the bargain, has established more-rigorous requirements in mathematics and language arts, and a college-preparatory track became the norm for more students. Through the partnership, known as Compact for Success, San Diego State has sought to improve college readiness on a broader scale than that of many traditional university-based outreach programs. Rather than try to help certain students from a handful of schools, as many programs do, the university is trying to improve preparation across California's largest secondary-school district. While there are some stubborn preparation gaps, overall the program has helped to build an academic culture in the school district and helped students adjust to college life once they arrive at San Diego State.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California