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Pathways to Academic Success in Higher Education

Expanding Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

By Edward P. St. John, Glenda Droogsma Musoba

© 2010 – Routledge

302 pages

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Pathways to Academic Success in Higher Education examines two major challenges facing the nation. The first is preparing high school students for college, a reform that has been tackled largely through state policy initiatives. The second is creating new pathways to academic success for underrepresented students in higher education, a challenge that must be addressed within a decentralized system of higher education.

  • Part one: Presents and documents key findings from research on K-12 education policy.
  • Part two: Provides action research using a state data system to inform colleges and universities.
  • Part three: Focuses on the future of policy and organizational initiatives to improve opportunity.

This book integrates studies conducted over nearly a decade and offers guidance on how best to understand and promote retention and success once students have gained access.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I . Reforming Academic Preparation

2. Rationales for Reform

3. A National Challenge

4. Academic Preparation

Part II. Expanding Postsecondary Opportunity

5. Pathways Approach

6. Low-Income Students

7. College Transitions

8. Persistence and Academic Support

9. Making Changes

10. Degree Attainment

Part III. Pathways to Academic Success

11. Reforming Policy

12. Conclusion: Change on Campuses


About the Authors

Edward P. St. John is Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan.

Glenda Droogsma Musoba is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Florida International University.

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