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ERIC Number: EJ850707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Access to a College Degree or Just College Debt? Moving beyond Admission to Graduation
Hirsch, Deborah
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n2 p17-18 Fall 2008
A defining feature of U.S. higher education is its commitment to access and opportunity. The growing number of policies and programs targeting college access demonstrates that this commitment remains steadfast. In order to make college affordable for the economically disadvantaged, an increasing number of selective, well-endowed colleges and universities, including Amherst, Brown, Harvard and Wellesley, have developed policies of free or reduced tuition. Other colleges and universities, including Clark University, Curry College and University of Massachusetts Boston, have created pipelines into their institutions through partnerships with high schools or districts, early college and/or dual enrollment, and special bridge programs. College access programs that prepare students to aspire to and apply to college are important but not sufficient. Attention to improving college access, especially for underrepresented populations, is an important priority. But while preparing students to apply and enroll in college is a worthy goal, the author contends that the focus needs to extend beyond college admission to ensure that students succeed academically and persist to graduation. In an era of scarce resources, this will require a new level of collaboration and cooperation between schools, colleges, nonprofits and corporate partners to ensure that students are able to earn a degree and not just accumulate debt.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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