NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ920001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Deja Vu--The Access/Success Pendulum
Gandara, Patricia; Orfield, Gary
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n18 p20-21 Oct 2010
In education, reform tends to follow cycles, often bouncing from one extreme to another without considering the possibility of incorporating multiple perspectives simultaneously. Policies aimed at helping more underrepresented students enter college and complete degrees have bounced from one pole to another, embracing access as the primary goal without giving adequate attention to successful completion, which results in many underrepresented students coming through the campus gate but relatively few leaving with degrees. There has been considerable publicity about the U.S.'s declining rankings in international comparisons of young people with college degrees. Today, America is not among the top 10 developed countries for degree attainment, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Americans are waking up to the fact that something must be done to increase the rate at which their youth gain degrees--especially youth of color--if the U.S. is to remain competitive in international markets. The Obama administration has set an ambitious goal for the U.S. to lead the world in the percentage of adults with a college degree by 2020, but this will require that Americans pay attention to both access and success in ways that they have not before.
Cox, Matthews and Associates. 10520 Warwick Avenue Suite B-8, Fairfax, VA 20170. Tel: 800-783-3199; Tel: 703-385-2981; Fax: 703-385-1839; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bakke v Regents of University of California; Brown v Board of Education; Civil Rights Act 1964; Higher Education Act 1965; Hopwood v Texas; Proposition 209 (California 1996)