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How Do You Improve Access to Higher Education?

June 10, 2014 1 min read
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For a special Commentary section on College Access for All, Education Week asked five education thought leaders to share their priorities for encouraging college access for all students.

Karina Madrigal

Karina Madrigal

  • Increased communication between educators in the K-12 community, particularly those in high schools, and those on the higher education side
  • Dual-enrollment courses that enable high school students to earn college credits before they earn their high school diplomas
  • Efforts aimed at easing students’ transitions from high school to college

More from Karina Madrigal: “A College-Access Success Story”

Nicolás González

Nicolás González

  • Collaborative, tangible partnerships between high schools and higher education institutions
  • Affordable or no-cost dual-credit college classes offered in high schools during the school day
  • Parental, school, and college support of students, with high expectations for academic advancement

More from Nicolás González: “Creating Opportunity for College Access”

Heath E. Morrison

BRIC ARCHIVE

  • Career-preparedness initiatives for high school students that ensure students are ready for success after they graduate
  • Customized learning tailored to the needs of individual students and their aspirations
  • High school guidance counseling to make sure students are aware of their higher education and career options

More from Heath E. Morrison: “College Prep Is Career Prep”

Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux

Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux

  • State and local government initiatives to ensure equal opportunity for college readiness and adequate K-12 resources, including high-quality teachers, for all
  • Strengthened federal and state programs for need-based grant and financial aid to attend college
  • Partnerships between K-12 educators and those in higher education to provide students and families with early access to information about college costs and financial aid

More from Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux: “Colleges Must Reach Out to Younger Students”

Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin

  • High-quality early-learning programs, starting at birth, to help put children on the path to later academic success
  • Investments in housing and community wellness to improve education from cradle to career and break cycles of poverty
  • Unconventional solutions for high-risk students that address all their needs through wraparound services

More from Shirley Franklin: “Atlanta’s Former Mayor Reflects on Education Legacy”

Special coverage on the alignment between K-12 schools and postsecondary education is supported in part by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, at www.luminafoundation.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.
A version of this article appeared in the June 11, 2014 edition of Education Week as What Are Your Priorities for Improving Higher Education Access?

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