Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students

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Focuses on pre-college enrichment programs as a solution to the problem of minority and low-income student access to postsecondary education.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…an illuminating collection … on pre-college programs—how they may be conceptualized and what is known about their success in increasing access for underrepresented and underserved students.” — Planning for Higher Education

“In a country where its national leadership has vowed to leave no child behind, the ability to attend and complete postsecondary education must be available to all. This book provides a clear and thoughtful guide for practitioners and policymakers to deepen their understanding of which college preparation programs have the best chance of succeeding for all students.” — Joseph A. Aguerrebere, Deputy Director, The Ford Foundation

“This eminent group of scholars lifts the conversation about access for disadvantaged students to a higher level. By framing the issues with a philosophical, political, and socio-cultural foundation, we learn that efforts to increase access to college do not occur in a vacuum.” — Laura Rendon, Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair in the College of Education, California State University, Long Beach

“There is no more important challenge for the future of the American workforce than that all of our college-capable youth enroll and succeed in college. Increasing Access to College addresses educational access and equity with skill and thoroughness, challenging us as a nation to find the right ways to build, develop, and evaluate what truly works.” — J.B. Schramm, Founder and Executive Director, College Summit

Ten chapters by university administrators, scholars of education theory and teaching, and sociologists gauge the availability of a college education, consider the role of college preparation programs, and offer policy recommendations. The intersecting influences of race, class, gender, culture, and identity are specifically examined, and the political implication of redistributing educational resources is highlighted. Charts present key data, and diagrams illustrate important relationships. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791453643
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: SUNY Series, Frontiers in Education
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,184,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Tierney is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. He is the editor of Faculty Work in Schools of Education: Rethinking Roles and Rewards for the Twenty-first Century, also published by SUNY Press

Also at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Linda Serra Hagedorn is Associate Professor of Education and Program Chair, Community College Leadership.

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Table of Contents

Linda Serra Hagedorn and William G. Tierney

Part I. The Landscape of College Access

1. Pre-College Outreach Programs: A National Perspective
Watson Scott Swail and Laura W. Perna

2. The Relationship between Urbanicity and Educational Outcomes
Clifford Adelman

3. A Theoretical and Practical View of Student Adjustment and Academic Achievement
Amaury Nora

Part II. The Real World of College Preparation Programs

4. Meeting Common Goals: Linking K-12 and College Interventions
Patricia Gándara

5. The Social Construction of College Access: Confronting the Technical, Cultural, and Political Barriers to Low-Income Students of Color
Jeannie Oakes, John Rogers, Martin Lipton, and Ernest Morrell

6. (In)(Di)Visible Identities of Youth: College Preparation Programs from a Feminist Standpoint
Michelle G. Knight and Heather A. Oesterreich

7. Partners for Preparation: Redistributing Social and Cultural Capital
Susan Yonezawa, Makeba Jones, and Hugh Mehan

Part III. Suggestions and Policy for the Future

8. Making School to College Programs Work: Academics, Goals, and Aspirations
Linda Serra Hagedorn and Shereen Fogel

9. Parental Guidance Suggested: Family Involvement in College Preparation Programs
Alexander Jun and Julia Colyar

10. Reflective Evaluation: Improving Practice in College Preparation Programs
William G. Tierney

About the Contributors

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