ERIC Number: EJ799006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Minority Students and College Success: Challenges and Solutions
Dolan, Thomas G.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n7 p27-30 Mar 2008
In terms of opportunities for college, the society is not a level playing field, according to David Conley, professor and director of the research center for educational policy, University of Oregon. Middle and upper classes have far more access to the right information than others. Conley adds that when a person goes to college, he/she needs a lot of knowledge in many different areas. Some of it is concept. Their research shows that a person also has to have certain thinking capabilities in addition to basic skills. Self-knowledge, knowing how to interact with students and professors, and how to navigate the bureaucratic process are some of the important areas a student should possess when he goes to college. Many Hispanic students are the first generation to go to college. Conley points out that many of these students, arriving on campus, suffer culture shock and feel isolated and alienated. These students have to be shown how to understand what campus life is like, how to fit in, that they are not alone with those feelings. But underlying all this, Conley states that students must have a strong academic base and have to be challenged to really achieve in key areas. In his book, "College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready," Conley describes some of the changes going on in education and gives his thoughts on how they should be adapted to better prepare students for college success. This article discusses ways to ensure minority students are better prepared for college.
Descriptors: Culture Conflict, Academic Achievement, Minority Groups, Educational Opportunities, Economically Disadvantaged, College Preparation, Developmental Studies Programs, Social Psychology, Educational Environment, Student Adjustment, Transitional Programs
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