ERIC Number: EJ780401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
The Future Cannot Wait
Reed, Charles B.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n6 p28-33 Nov-Dec 2007
When asked to identify the greatest challenge he faces as the leader of the country's largest system of higher education, the author, a chancellor of California State University, states that the challenge is the urgent need to reach students from traditionally underserved populations--to prepare them and get them into college and then to make sure they graduate. He adds that people must find ways to reach students who might not speak English as a first language, whose parents or grandparents may never have been to a college campus, and whose teachers and counselors may not have paid attention to their needs. These students are already in the majority in California, and their numbers are growing rapidly throughout the country. In an effort to help these students and their parents understand what steps they need to take to prepare for, get into, and succeed in college, the California State University is trying many different approaches to try to meet the needs before the situation becomes a crisis. In this article, the author describes the efforts of the CSU system in meeting this challenge and in reaching the underserved populations.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Minority Groups, Disproportionate Representation, College Attendance, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, First Generation College Students, Outreach Programs, College Preparation, Partnerships in Education, Middle School Students, Dropout Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California