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Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach

reviewed by James Goho - 2005

coverTitle: Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach
Author(s): William G. Tierney, ZoŽ B. Corwin and Julia E. Colyar (Editors)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791462765, Pages: 264, Year: 2005
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Going to college is commonly seen as a way out of poverty and is a cornerstone of the American dream (Swail, 2000). College graduates have higher earnings (Leslie & Brinkman, 1988; Perna, 2003), healthier lifestyles, more life satisfaction, and greater community participation than high school graduates (Bowen, 1997; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991). But postsecondary educational opportunities are not equitably distributed. Most students expect to go to college, but it is much more likely that students from affluent backgrounds with educated parents will attend than that those from low-income backgrounds will. In 1999–2000, 79 percent of high-income students compared with 31 percent of low-income students were enrolled in college or had attended college (Pell Institute, 2004). It is estimated that 7 percent of youth in the lowest income category attain a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared with 39 percent of youth from the middle income group and 52 percent from the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2465-2470
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11803, Date Accessed: 9/20/2021 3:47:47 PM

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  • James Goho
    Red River College
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    JAMES GOHO is director of research and planning at Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His research interests include surveys, college choice, student success, and the ethics of research. Currently, he chairs Red River Collegeís Research Ethics Board. He has had recent publications in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Distance Education, and Journal of Applied Research in the Community College. His most recent research endeavor is a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of academic selection interviews.
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