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ERIC Number: EJ783422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In Seattle, a Firsthand Lesson in College Access
Weggel, Anna
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n16 pA27 Dec 2007
The Dream Project, which started in 2004, pairs students at the University of Washington with first-generation and low-income students in six Seattle high schools. The program teaches undergraduates at the university about higher-education policy at the same time that they help disadvantaged high-school students apply to college. The college students help the high-schoolers prepare for the SAT, fill out college applications, and apply for scholarships. Unlike many similar programs, the University of Washington's project is paired with a course on its campus. In the classroom, the college students study issues of social justice, educational opportunity, and socioeconomic mobility. The program hopes to send a message that the University of Washington is still trying to recruit minority students, nine years after the state's voters banned the use of racial preferences in public-university admissions. The project, along with changes in the university's admissions process, seems to be paying off. Sixty-five students are involved, working with more than 250 potential applicants at local high schools. Thirty-five freshman are enrolled at Washington after having been counseled through the program.
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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: Washington