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College Access: What helps to promote student access to college? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....

How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students - Populations with the greatest need are often saddled with the greatest debt and are more likely to drop out. This brief looks at three universities that closed graduation gaps while raising their percentage of low-income students. The University of California, Riverside; the University of South Florida Tampa campus; and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte committed to need-based funding and improved student support services. (Antoinette Flores, Center for American Progress, September 2009)...

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2012-13; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2011-12; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2011-12 - This First Look presents findings from the provisional data of the (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) IPEDS fall 2012 data collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2012-13 academic year; Completions, covering the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012; and 12-Month Enrollment, covering the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. (NCES, July 2013)...

Achieving Access for All: A Policy Discussion Paper - Costs alone do not appear to be the main determinant of why qualified young people do not pursue higher education. Household income is one consideration for allocating financial support, but others might include parental education and occupation as there is evidence parental expectations play a role in decisions to forgo higher education. Policymakers should ensure that students understand the financial rewards that come with a degree and help parents understand college financing. (James Lloyd, Strategic Society Centre, July 2013) ...

Separate & Unequal - While the good news is that postsecondary access has increased for African American and Latino students, whites are largely responsible for growth at the 468 most selective colleges, and students of color have crowded into the under-resourced open-access two- and four-year colleges, say this study’s authors. Meanwhile, completion rates are way higher at the selective colleges than at the open-access ones. Students with low test scores at the selective colleges graduate at higher rates than students with high test scores at open-access two- and four-year colleges. (Georgetown Public Policy Institute, July 2013)...

A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs - This is a companion document to the TG-funded "2012 Directory of Pre-College Outreach Programs," published in March 2012 by EPI. This document is a collection of 10 case studies of successful pre-college outreach programs around the US, providing an inside and detailed view at how they operate and what makes them successful. (Education Policy Institute, April 2012) ...

Make Me a Match: Helping Low-Income and First-Generation Students Make Good College Choices - This policy brief describes the College Match Program, which was developed by MDRC in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools to help low-income and first-generation students choose the right college. College Match places young adult advisers in high schools to help moderately- to high-achieving students who are prepared for college but need advice and support with making their college decisions. The policy brief details encouraging early findings from a pilot of this program in three Chicago high schools. It concludes with a discussion of issues related to further expansion, modification, and testing of the model. (MDRC, April 2012)...

2012 Directory of Pre-College Outreach Programs - This directory includes information on 374 programs from around the United States that serve low-income, students of color, and other students who are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education. Education Policy Institute, March 2012)...

The College Match Program (CMP) - The College Match Program (CMP) was designed to respond to the phenomenon "undermatching." Students are most likely to success and graduate when they attend the most academically demanding institution that will admit them--yet data show that too many students (particularly low-income and minority) apply to less-selective programs. (MDRC, 2011)...

Deciding on Postsecondary Education: Final Report - "Oldie but Goodie." Part of learning to attract non-traditional students into institutions of higher learning may be gaining an understanding of how they decide whether and where to go to college. Researchers for the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative found that unlike traditional students who take years in the process of gathering information on possible colleges, underserved students tend to make the whether/where decision at the same time. While much of the information they need is on the Internet, Internet access may be more limited for them. Further, they seek different sources for information – low-income students tend to rely on high school counselors and unsolicited marketing materials, while traditional students get advice from parents with higher levels of education and income. The authors suggest colleges and states consider marketing and research to ensure that information and resources for non-traditional students and their families are accessible and comprehensible. (Keith MacAllum, Denise Glover, Barbara Queen, and Angela Riggs, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2007)...


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