Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth

Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth

by Richard Kazis
     
 

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Double the Numbers explores policies that are likely to serve as building blocks in any "next phase" of education reform that tackles the dual problems of high school completion and postsecondary access and success.

Only 25 percent of the U.S. high school students complete any college degree. Among African American youth, only 18 percent earn a

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Double the Numbers explores policies that are likely to serve as building blocks in any "next phase" of education reform that tackles the dual problems of high school completion and postsecondary access and success.

Only 25 percent of the U.S. high school students complete any college degree. Among African American youth, only 18 percent earn a baccalaureate by age twenty-nine. For Hispanic Americans, the figure is a mere 10 percent.

The United States urgently needs to address this problem. For reasons of intellectual and professional opportunity, economic efficiency, and social equity, the nation must do a better job of preparing young people not only to enter college, but also to earn credentials that are key to professional and economic success.

Double the Numbers highlights emerging strategies--at state, district, and school levels--for improving postsecondary outcomes. High schools pose special challenges in this regard: how to motivate older adolescents in school settings; how to overcome the rigidities of high school schedules and routines; how to prepare students for smooth transitions to postsecondary learning and success. This book explores policies that are likely to serve as building blocks in any "next phase" of education reform that tackles the dual problems of high school completion and postsecondary access and success.

The contributions from many of the leading figures in education reform, such as Kati Haycock, Robert Schwartz, and Marc Tucker, address these issues from a number of distinct perspectives. The authors propose changes in the designs fo high schools and colleges--innovations that could overcome the discontinuities, perverse incentives, and inflexibilities of existing educational institutions. They focus on state policy because to double the number of students attaining postsecondary credentials within a decade will require aggressive innovation by states. Finally, they consider how oppoortunities and outcomes vary by race, ethnicity, and gender, and they look at the implications of these variations for policy and practice.

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“There is nothing more important in today’s economy than the preparation of ALL of our youth for the competitive jobs of the future. Kudos to all of the contributors to this work.” — Governor Mark R. Warner, Virginia

Double the Numbers contains many thoughtful ideas about how to begin to meet the urgent challenge of increasing the numbers of low-income and minority youth earning postsecondary credentials. Anyone interested in this critical aspect of education policy and practice will find much of interest in this volume.” — Honorable Secretary Richard Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Double the Numbers is an invaluable resource to guide education communities in ensuring that higher education is a viable and desirable option for all students. This collection defines expectations, structures, and practices that will need to take shape if all students are to achieve academic success.” — Stanley G. Jones, Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Double the Numbers is a rich resource as well as a passionate call to action that should be of value to both practitioners and policymakers.” — Dr. Alfredo De Los Santos Jr., Research Professor, Hispanic Research Institute, Arizona State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891792236
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author


Richard Kazis is senior vice president of Jobs for the Future, where he leads its policy and research efforts. Joel Vargas, a senior project manager at Jobs for the Future, works with the Early College High School Initiative. Nancy Hoffman is a vice president at Jobs for the Future, where she leads activities for the Early College High School Initiative. Tom Vander Ark is executive director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education initiatives.

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