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After Admission: From College Access to College Success


reviewed by Melinda Mechur Karp — December 03, 2007

coverTitle: After Admission: From College Access to College Success
Author(s): James E. Rosenbaum, Regina Deil-Amen, and Ann E. Person
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation, New York
ISBN: 0871547074, Pages: 268, Year: 2006
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In After Admission: From College Access to College Success, James Rosenbaum, Regina Deil-Amen, and Ann Person argue that while community colleges have helped increase access to college, they have work to do in helping students actually earn postsecondary credentials. This is  hardly novel. But the authors perform an important task in seeking to understand why this is the case. They examine the structure of community colleges in order to uncover the forces that may inadvertently discourage student success. In bringing an institutional lens to bear on the problem of low completion rates, the authors provide insight into this problem, while also offering hints of concrete actions that colleges can take to encourage higher rates of degree attainment. The authors bring a two-fold approach to their study. First, they use mixed methods, employing analyses of national data, student survey data, and in-depth interview and field research data. This enables them to examine... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 03, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14811, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 1:35:20 PM

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  • Melinda Karp
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    MELINDA MECHUR KARP is a Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work focuses on the transition from high school to college and the labor market, particularly for disadvantaged youth.
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