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ERIC Number: EJ888576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Colleges Need More Information about Troubled High School Students
Tichenor, Kristin Ruth
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n1 p16-19 Sep 2008
As college administrators, they take great pains to ensure that students admitted to their campuses have the intellect, motivation, and maturity to succeed. Similarly, they attempt to gather information about the character and integrity of the students they invite to enroll, to safeguard the reputation and well-being of their institutions. But recent practices within the secondary schools have put that process--and their colleges--at risk. In this article, the author discusses how the willful suppression of many high schools to disclose disciplinary and criminal histories of students puts everyone in jeopardy. The author shares that at her institution, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), they had encountered several situations in which a promising student came forward late in the admissions process with a disclosure of previous wrongdoing. She believes that there should be a growing realization that failing to disclose students' disciplinary and criminal histories may present new legal liabilities for high schools that knowingly conceal pertinent information. She emphasizes that the time has come to create federal legislation that will mandate full disclosure of disciplinary and criminal action on the part of students as they move from school to college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts