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Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth


reviewed by Shouping Hu — 2005

coverTitle: Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth
Author(s): Richard Kazis, Joel Vargas, and Nancy Hoffman (Editors)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792229, Pages: 302, Year: 2004
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The changing demographic and economic context presents a challenge for policy makers to find effective ways to promote student success while minimizing the disparity in educational attainment among students from different backgrounds. “Doubling the numbers” of underrepresented youth to earn college credentials by 2020 is a policy goal advocated by Jobs for the Future to meet this challenge. This book, also entitled Double the Numbers, offers 26 essays proposing and describing a variety of strategies to “expand postsecondary success significantly and to simultaneously reduce achievement gaps by categories that include income, race, and ethnicity” (p. 7). The book is organized into three sections. Section one proposes policy initiatives and innovations that can improve postsecondary success, addressing issues in high schools, postsecondary institutions, and the alignment of these two. Contributors in this section recognize the need to establish a seamless pipeline to promote student success in obtaining postsecondary credentials. Barth and Haycock (Chapter 2), Nathan (Chapter 5) and Bishop (Chapter 6) focus on how reforms in high schools... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 303-306
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11374, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 10:38:56 AM

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