Leveling the Playing Field: Promoting Academic Success for Students of Color: New Directions for Student Services by Irene Harris Johnson, Jh Schuh Jh
Much of the retention literature has focused on at-risk students of color, especially freshmen whose admission has been facilitated by attenuated entrance requirements. Of course, this population of students has needs that urgently beg to be addressed; however, regularly or traditionally admitted students of color face college attrition rates that approach or exceed those of their at-risk peers. Comparatively less attention has been paid to the academically able students of color who are avidly recruited, but for whom programs and services are noticeably lacking. This volume is intended to fill a conspicuous void: to provide ideas, narratives, and learnings that have relevance for the retention of all students of color but that can be particularly applied to the retention of regularly admitted students of color. The authors have tried to bring to the fore the work of individuals who are building state-of-the-art programs. Student affairs professionals need to learn from these practitioners' successes and insights how retention programs can become established and institutionally supported rather than remain peripheral efforts run on paltry budgets. This is the 74th issue of New Directions for Student Services.
IRENE HARRIS JOHNSON is assistant professor of counseling and assistant dean of the graduate school at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. ALLEN J. OTTENS is associate professor of counseling at Northern Illinois University.