The development of mentoring programs that pair college students with high schoolers is among the strategies the U.S. Department of Education intends to pilot as part of a new initiative to improve college completion for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The federal agency last month unveiled plans to test innovative practices at several sites, with the goal of finding flexible and faster ways to get students to degree completion.
Using federal work-study funds, the government will be seeking higher education institutions willing to pilot such programs that will mentor high school students in the areas of college readiness, student aid, career counseling, and financial literacy.
A version of this article appeared in the August 06, 2014 edition of Education Week as Ed. Dept. to Pilot Pairing-Up Of Seniors, College Students