Expanding Opportunity in Higher Education
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: State University of New York Press
Expanding Opportunity in Higher Education
We want to thank Jorge Ruiz de Velasco and Mike Smith at the Hewlett Foundation, Marty Campbell at the Irvine Foundation, and Jorge Bal
1. Introduction: Creating a 21st-century Vision of Access and Equity in Higher Education
The United States is facing a severe crisis of opportunity for higher education compounded by inadequate financing, failure to address the educational needs of an exploding population of students of color, excessive reliance on flawed testing systems, inadequate investment in increasing space for a growing population, and major reversals of civil rights policies that have changed the face...
Part 1. The Role of K-12 Education in Access and Opportunity in Higher Education
2. California Opportunity Indicators: Informing and Monitoring California’s Progress Toward Equitable College Access
We begin with a reminder of what is well known. There are stark statewide disparities among California’s racial and ethnic groups in high school completion and college participation—a finding that is not unique to this region but exists across the nation. Figure 2.1 documents these disparities for a cohort of students who graduated from California public high schools in spring 2002. ...
3. Lowering Barriers to College Access: Opportunities for More Effective Coordination of State and Federal Student Aid Policies
Nearly forty years ago, the federal and state governments initiated policies and programs—through a legislative partnership—in an effort to ensure access to higher education regardless of student and family economic circumstances. As a result, millions of students who otherwise could not have afforded college were able to enroll in higher education and attain degrees, which in turn propelled economic growth in the late 20th century (Advisory Committee, 2001). ...
4. The Role of Advanced Placement and Honors Courses in College Admissions
Begun in 1955, the original intent of the Advanced Placement (AP) program was to provide students the opportunity to take college-level coursework and earn college credit while still in high school. Initially AP was used almost exclusively for purposes of college credit and placement, as distinct from admissions. ...
5. K-12 and the Pipeline to Higher Education
Access to higher education is dependent in very large part on the quality of the K-12 schooling to which students are exposed, and California, like the rest of the nation, is taking a long look at what it means to provide a high quality education to elementary and secondary school students. Long before enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), many states were engaged in a series of reform efforts aimed at improving a public education system ...
6. Measuring the State of Equity in Public Higher Education
With these words, Lyndon B. Johnson rightfully pointed out that equity involves both opportunity as well as results. Yet, almost forty years later, on just about every indicator of educational outcome, from degrees earned to grade point average, Whites and Asians are proportionally overrepresented and Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are proportionally underrepresented. This is true in institutions that are highly selective and predominantly White, are open-access with ...
7. Reaping the Benefits of Grutter: College Admissions and Racial/Ethnic Diversity
The tool of affirmative action, while useful in its own right, has not succeeded in lifting the country’s higher education system out of crisis. As outlined in the introductory chapter of this volume, even with the use of race-conscious admissions policies, there continues to be enormous disparity between college admission rates of students of color—particularly Blacks and Latinos—and Whites. ...
8. The Effectiveness of the Transfer Path for Educationally Disadvantaged Students: California as a Case Study in the Development of a Dual Admissions Program
Low-income and ethnic minority students enroll in two-year and community colleges in much higher proportions than other students (see, for example, NCES, 2004). For this reason, the effectiveness of transfer policies in broadening access to higher education, particularly for students from underrepresented groups, has become increasingly important as state governments look for ways of accommodating significantly greater numbers of college-age students. ...
9. A Strengthened Community College Role in Teacher Preparation: Improving Outcomes for California’s Minority Students
Effective, well-trained teachers are a critical component of a high quality K- 12 education. For too many minority students in California, however, consistent access to a well-trained and experienced teacher is rare. With a persistent achievement gap between White students and underrepresented minority students, a shortage of qualified teachers for California schools hurts students, families, and the state’s economy. ...
10. The Educational Pipeline and the Future Professorate: Who Will Teach California’s and the Nation’s Latino and African American College Students?
The educational pipeline for Chicanos, Latinos, and African Americans is rife with massive leaks. The ultimate result of the extremely leaky pipeline is that faculty in the nation’s colleges and universities do not reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the population. California has the most racially and ethnically diverse population in the nation, and it is there that the disparity ...
11. Access to California Higher Education: The Promise and the Performance
California higher education has long been regarded as one of the best, if not the best, public systems of higher education in the country and in the world. The California Master Plan for Higher Education was developed in 1960 through the thoughtful work of several individuals and the leadership of Clark Kerr. ...
12. Conclusion: Fateful Decisions
The nation’s institutions of higher education are a source of immense pride for our states and communities and central to the dreams of millions of young people and their families. In a society where knowledge and credentials are essential for success, higher education offers the best chance for a bright future. For students without powerful family resources, it is often the only chance to securely arrive in the middle class. ...
About the Contributors
Page Count: 314
Illustrations: 35 tables, 28 figures
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Series Editor Byline: Philip G. Altbach See more Books in this Series
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