Breaking Through the Access Barrier: How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-10-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Breaking through the Access Barrier argues that the policies designed to address inequalities in college access are failing to address underlying issues of inequality. This book introduces academic capital formation (ACF), a groundbreaking new theory defined by family knowledge of educational options and the opportunities for pursuing them. The authors suggest focusing on intervention programs and public policy to promote improvement in academic preparation, college information, and student aid.This textbook offers:a new construct ' academic capital ' that integrates and draws upon existing literature on influencing access to collegepractical advice for better preparation and interventionreal student outcomes, databases, and interviews taken from exemplary intervention programsempirical research illuminating the role of class reproduction in education and how interventions (financial, academic, and networking) can reduce student barriersquantitative and qualitative analysis of the importance and effectiveness of several major policy interventionsWritten for courses on higher education policy and policy analysis, readers will find Breaking through the Access Barrier offers valuable advice for working within new policy frameworks and reshaping the future of educational opportunities and access for under-represented students from disadvantagd backgrounds.

Author Biography

Edward P. St. John is Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan. Shouping Hu is Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University. Amy S. Fisher is a doctoral candidate at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Academic Capital Formationp. 19
Reframingp. 21
Family and Community Engagementp. 50
Academic Preparationp. 79
College Transitionsp. 111
Engaged Learningp. 142
College Success and Commitment to Upliftp. 170
Informing Public Policyp. 197
Academic Capital Formationp. 199
Informing Public Policyp. 222
Factor Analysis for Family Engagement in Twenty-first Century Scholars Programp. 243
Preparation by Twenty-first Century Scholars in the Class of 2004p. 245
Analysis of College Destinations of Gates Millennium Scholars and Comparison Studentsp. 249
Propensity Score Matching Comparing Pell Recipient Twenty-first Century Scholars with Other Pell Recipientsp. 251
Notesp. 255
Referencesp. 260
Indexp. 271
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