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ERIC Number: EJ992740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Minority Access to Higher Education
Jackson, Nathaniel
Journal of College Admission, n214 p56-62 Win 2012
Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans are entitled to equal access to all institutions of higher education. Ensuring greater access and participation by minorities in higher education is one of the most practical ways of moving America closer to the ideal of equal opportunity, which is the actualization of the American dream. American higher education can play a more active role in making this ideal a reality. Now is the time for all institutions of higher learning to prepare, implement, and improve plans to more effectively educate, and not simply school, increasing numbers of minority students. As the gatekeepers of American higher education, the members of NACAC are ideally positioned to help meet the challenge related to achieving equity with excellence. As individuals, NACAC members control recruitment and exercise influence on retention and graduation of minority students. Both individually and collectively, members can strengthen their roles in these areas by establishing and supporting strategies that have proven to be effective and to enhance academic quality for minority students. To meet this challenge, four objectives must be reached. First, it is essential that college admission counselors improve their lines of communication with high school students, parents, counselors, and teachers. A second objective that must be met if institutions are to produce more minority college graduates is that admission standards must be broadened. The third objective that must be met to improve minority participation in higher education relates to testing. Finally, the minority communities must accept responsibility for ensuring that more students are taught the discipline and self-sacrifice that is instrumental in achieving personal success.
National Association for College Admission Counseling. 1631 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2818. Tel: 800-822-6285; Tel: 703-836-2222; Fax: 703-836-8015; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access