Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth

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NEW SCHOLARLY BOOKS Knowledge Is Power Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth Harvard Education Press, 2004, 280 pp., $54.95 library, ISBN 1-891792-23-7; $28.95 paperback ISBN 1-891792-22-9

Only 25 percent of U.S. high school students complete any college degree. Among African American youth, only 18 percent earn a baccalaureate by age 29. For Hispanic Americans, the figure is a mere 10 percent.

The United States urgently needs to address this problem. For reasons of intellectual and professional opportunity, economic efficiency and social equity, the nation must do a better job of preparing young people to not only enter college, but also to earn credentials that are key to professional and economic success.

Double the Numbers highlights emerging strategies - at state, district and school levels - for improving postsecondary outcomes. High schools pose special challenges in this regard: how to motivate older adolescents in school settings; how to overcome the rigidities of high school schedules and routines; how to prepare students for smooth transitions to postsecondary learning and success. This book explores policies that are likely to serve as building blocks in any "next phase" of education reform that tackles the dual problems of high school completion and postsecondary access and success. …

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