The State of College Access and Completion

The State of College Access and Completion

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Despite decades of substantial investments by the federal government, state governments, colleges and universities, and private foundations, students from low-income families as well as racial and ethnic minority groups continue to have substantially lower levels of postsecondary educational attainment than individuals from other groups. The State of College Access and Completion draws together leading researchers nationwide to summarize the state of college access and success and to provide recommendations for how institutional leaders and policymakers can effectively improve the entire spectrum of college access and completion. Springboarding from a seminar series organized by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, chapter authors explore what is known and not known from existing research about how to improve student success. This much-needed book calls explicit attention to the state of college access and success not only for traditional college-age students, but also for the substantial and growing number of qnontraditionalq students. Describing trends in various outcomes along the pathway from college access to completion, this volume documents persisting gaps in outcomes based on studentsa€™ demographic characteristics and offers recommendations for strategies to raise student attainment. Graduate students, scholars, and researchers in higher education will find The State of College Access and Completion to be an important and timely resource.... 2006a, 2006b, 2008; DesJardins, McCall, Ott, aamp; Kim, 2010) to study the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program. ... had a good day when writing the application essays and, if given another chance, would likely be in the other group.

Title:The State of College Access and Completion
Author:Laura W. Perna, Anthony Jones
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-07-18


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