Education Research of Interest
According to authors Sueuk Park (University of Notre Dame) and Ernest T. Pascarella, (University of Iowa) “Much existing research has examined the negative influence of attending a community college on educational attainment in the U.S.” [pg. 705] Their paper, 'Community College Attendance and Socioeconomic Plans,' takes this research one step further and examines the net impact of attending a two-year college (versus a four-year institution) on students’ educational and occupational plans.
The future of California depends heavily on increasing numbers of Californians with certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Educational attainment in California has been declining with each younger generation - a statistic that bodes poorly for the state’s economic competitiveness. It is essential to increase educational attainment among the Latino population, as current levels are relatively low and the Latino share of the working age population in California is projected to grow from 34% currently to 50% by 2040.
The study found that the potential of CTE to help meet the state’s completion, workforce, and equity goals is not fully realized due to a lack of priority on awarding technical certificates and degrees and an absence of clear pathways for students to follow in pursuing those credentials.
The group, Complete College America, is a nonprofit founded two years ago with financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and others. Its report, which had the cooperation of 33 governors, showed how many of the students in states completed their degrees, broken down into different categories, including whether enrollment is full- or part-time, or at a two- or four-year institution.
Provides a detailed discussion of students’ perspectives on how “six success factors”—directed, focused, nurtured, engaged, connected and valued—contribute to their achievement; incorporates discussion questions to stimulate dialog about these findings and provides several suggestions for action—offered by students in the study—that can be used by different constituent groups to support their success.
Presents five key themes that synthesize what students say about the six success factors and share specific strategies that students suggest may improve their achievement; includes discussion questions for practitioners to facilitate college-level reflection and planning.
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