This brief provides policymakers with elements to consider when developing state policies around implementing high school transitional courses aimed at improving college completion rates. The brief includes questions for consideration, examples of existing state policies and actions, and recommendations for effective policies for transitional courses.
First Time/First Generation College-Goers
A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan found that early exposure to college, mentoring, and community service leadership are successful strategies for motivating low-income students to aspire to college. The study evaluated the effectiveness of the non-profit College for Every Student (CFES) and found that 75 percent of the 1,100 middle school program participants that were included in the study planned to attend four-year colleges.
This third annual report on the national evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Early College High School Initiative focuses on the 2005-06 implementation year. ECHS appears to have some preliminary positive impacts on student outcomes and the overall implementation and development of ECHS is progressing.
On May 6, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and National High School Center released a brief titled, Improving College and Career Readiness by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning. The brief was written to assist state policymakers better understand how social and emotional lear
On April 29, the Midwest Equity Assistance Center (MEAC) hosted a webinar titled, "Hidden Rules of College and Career Readiness." The webinar, conducted by Dr. Katherine Sprott, Dr. Tonnie Martinez and Mr. Jessie Myles, all from the MEAC, highlighted the connections between college and career readiness (CCR) standards and expectations and the underlying causes for why students might not meet those standards and expectations, and shared strategies to improve this situation.
This brief from the National College Access Network and Pathways to College Network synthesizes research on the college choice process, more specifically for low-income, first-generation, and minority students. The brief focuses on two aspects of college choice: fit (whether an institution meets a student's needs) and match (how an institutional selectivity relates to a student's academic ability). The brief also includes implications for practitioners, key considerations, and an interview with a representative from the National College Advising Corps.
This longitudinal study uses a nationally representative sample of high school sophomores to explore if first-generation Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students suffer from inequalities in college access. The analysis revealed that first-generation AAPI students face inequalities in terms of college access, which results in lower educational expectations, lower probability of educational expectations, decreased probability of taking college entrance exams, and applying to and attending higher education institutions.
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Upward Bound (UB), a federal TRIO Program that provides support to educationally and financially disadvantaged high school students to increase secondary graduation and enrollment in and graduation from postsecondary institutions, is one of the oldest and biggest federal programs geared towards this purpose.