Report Details College Choice Process for Black Students. (Noteworthy News)

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ALEXANDRIA, VA.

A new report highlights the unique information needs of Black students applying to college and offers suggestions on how schools and school districts can meet those needs.

Released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the study seeks to improve information delivery about postsecondary options for Black students and increase college access for these students.

Dr. Bradford R. MacGowan, career center director at Newton North High School in Newton, Mass., conducted the research with the goal of developing a model of the college choice process for Black students "designed to help college admissions professionals change opportunity structures in order to facilitate Black students' transition to higher education."

Among the report's findings:

* Parental influence: Parental expectations and support for their children's education exerted a stronger influence on the student's entry into college than whether a parent had earned a college degree. The study recommends that early awareness and college outreach programs for underrepresented students must include parental involvement.

* Supportive School Climate: A supportive school environment is a critical component of the college choice process. …

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