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Sunday, October 05, 2003

Getting middle of the pack students to go to college 

Kimberly Swygert has an interesting post about College Summit, an organization dedicated towards getting middle-of-the-pack students to college. Looking at their web site, it appears that they're largely about getting students who are college material, but don't act on it to apply. It's interesting, but more interesting is a group that I've just recently learned about, AVID, which is geared more towards raising the academic performance of the middle-of-the-pack students. I think the two groups are rather complementary, and well worth checking out.

This is exactly the sort of thing that I have as a goal as a teacher: I want to move kids who don't realize that college is an option into the college track. My big concern on this front is that the hyperinflation of college tuition combined with poor state support for public higher education will make college an impossible dream for these students regardless of what they can do. Students who can make it into top-tier schools will be able to access generous financial aid (that was my secret to success for my undergrad), but for those who can't get into Harvard, University of Chicago or the Claremont Colleges, what are their options?

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