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Access to higher education remains a challenge for many students who face academic and informational barriers to college entry. This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
Offer courses and curricula that prepare students for college-level work, and ensure that students understand what constitutes a college-ready curriculum by 9th grade.
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Utilize assessment measures throughout high school so that students are aware of how prepared they are for college, and assist them in overcoming deficiencies as they are identified.
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Surround students with adults and peers who build and support their college-going aspirations.
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Engage and assist students in completing critical steps for college entry.
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Increase families’ financial awareness, and help students apply for financial aid.
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  • Administrators
  • Parent/Family
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • School Specialist
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Jeffrey Max, Christina Tuttle, and Sarah Wissel.

  • William G. Tierney (Chair)
    University of Southern California
  • Thomas Bailey
    Columbia University
  • Jill Constantine
    Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Neal Finkelstein
  • Nicole Farmer Hurd
    National College Advising Corps

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