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Hairston, Christen Cullum – Pathways to College Network, 2013
The fact that the United States has been and will continue to diversify is intensely important for higher education to not only recognize, but to have programs in place to support all students. For men of color, especially those who are achieving at lower rates than their female counterparts, programs for access to and success in higher education…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, African American Students, Males, Higher Education
Coles, Ann – Pathways to College Network, 2013
The benefits of higher education over the past few decades have become increasingly apparent, as the unemployment rate for individuals with a college degree is consistently below their counterparts with only a high school education. With current economic conditions, however, concerns have emerged about whether the investments needed to increase…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Disadvantaged, Low Income Groups
Coles, Ann – Pathways to College Network, 2012
In recent years, leaders of American cities have become progressively concerned about increasing the college-going and completion rate of their residents. Mayors and other community leaders in Memphis, Boston, Louisville, San Francisco and other cities have launched initiatives to increase college completion rates, mobilizing stakeholders from the…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Play, Community Leaders, Community Organizations
Pathways to College Network, 2012
The national focus on college completion has prompted a number of ambitious education goals, numerous research- and practice-based initiatives, and a spotlight on the need to continually improve higher education access and success. This national dialogue has raised not only public and political will for postsecondary completion, but also a number…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Stakeholders, Educational Quality
Cochran, Tiffane; Coles, Ann – Pathways to College Network, 2012
Low-income, first-generation, and minority students often face a range of challenges in the college choice process that prevent them from attending colleges and universities that are a good fit and match for their needs. As a result, such students are less likely to persist and graduate after enrolling in college. This "Research to…
Descriptors: College Choice, Low Income Groups, First Generation College Students, Minority Group Students
Vuong, Bi – Pathways to College Network, 2011
As policymakers consider strategies to increase college completion and further economic growth, it is critical that statewide longitudinal data systems be viewed as a necessary tool. This report highlights the role of data systems in improving the completion of postsecondary education, and provides recommendations and tangible examples for…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Graduation, College Graduates, Data Collection
Pathways to College Network, 2010
Passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) represented a landmark effort by the federal government to minimize the cost of college as a barrier to postsecondary access for low-income students and their families. Since then, a myriad of financial aid programs have been designed to equalize educational opportunity. Most recently, the Health…
Descriptors: College Students, Low Income Students, Student Attitudes, Costs
Smith, Edward – Pathways to College Network, 2010
With an increased national focus on postsecondary degree completion, this Research to Practice brief highlights the roles of social supports and self-efficacy in the academic success of students and features advice from college access and success practitioners at Bottom Line, a nonprofit that aims to help students "get into college, graduate,…
Descriptors: Success, Self Efficacy, Social Support Groups, Nonprofit Organizations
Blanco, Cheryl D. – Pathways to College Network, 2009
It is a difficult time for policymakers, business leaders, and education leaders to think about ways to increase the numbers of students graduating from high school prepared for college and the work force when their focus is on reducing budgets. But now is the best time to plan for the future. Now is the time to explore programs that may bear…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Student Financial Aid, Paying for College, Low Income Groups
Krywosa, Jessica – Pathways to College Network, 2008
With so much interest around the use of new media, many people concerned with improving college access are striving to master this emerging set of resources in order to better reach students, who without encouragement, are unlikely to pursue higher education. But, how much do individuals understand about the way low-income, first-generation, and…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Transitional Programs, Low Income Groups, Mass Media Use
Pathways to College Network, 2007
This paper presents questions and answers regarding college access and success. These questions include: (1) What is the "achievement gap" and how serious is it?; (2) Is college the best option for all students? If not, why prepare all youth for college?; (3) Can we afford to send everyone to college?; (4) What prevents students from going to…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, College Preparation, Access to Education, Success
Pathways to College Network, 2006
This paper presents facts about postsecondary access and success. They include: (1) Ensuring that more students succeed in postsecondary education is vital to the nation's economic health; (2) Too few students from low-income backgrounds and from underrepresented minority groups graduate from high school prepared for college; (3) Enrolling in…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Minority Groups, Family Income, Postsecondary Education
Pathways to College Network, 2006
On June 15, 2006, the Pathways to College Network, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) convened more than 135 education leaders, policymakers, policy-shapers, researchers, practitioners, and others from 27 states and the District of Columbia to discuss issues of critical importance to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Preparation, Paying for College, Conferences (Gatherings)
Blanco, Cheryl D. – Pathways to College Network, 2005
Student financial assistance has long been a means to promote access to postsecondary education and attainment of college degrees. Numerous types of financial aid programs have proliferated over the years, including a relatively new concept that specifically targets high-risk, low-income students, focusing not just on getting them to go to college…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Preparation, Student Financial Aid, Federal Programs
Pathways to College Network, 2004
The goal of the Pathways to College Network is to advance college access and success for underserved students, including those who are the first in their families to go to college, low-income students, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities. All of the Pathways work is grounded in data and research. Through a synthesis of…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Success
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