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Breaking Through the Access Barrier : How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education - Edward P. St. John

Breaking Through the Access Barrier

How Academic Capital Formation Can Improve Policy in Higher Education

Paperback Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9780415800334
Number Of Pages: 296

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Breaking Through the Access Barrier argues that the policies designed to address inequalities in college access are failing to address underlying issues of inequality. This book introduces academic capital formation (ACF), a groundbreaking new theory defined by family knowledge of educational options and the opportunities for pursuing them. The authors suggest focusing on intervention programs and public policy to promote improvement in academic preparation, college information, and student aid.

This textbook offers:

  • a new construct a " academic capital a " that integrates and draws upon existing literature on influencing access to college
  • practical advice for better preparation and intervention
  • real student outcomes, databases, and interviews taken from exemplary intervention programs
  • empirical research illuminating the role of class reproduction in education and how interventions (financial, academic, and networking) can reduce student barriers
  • quantitative and qualitative analysis of the importance and effectiveness of several major policy interventions

Written for courses on higher education policy and policy analysis, readers will find Breaking Through the Access Barrier offers valuable advice for working within new policy frameworks and reshaping the future of educational opportunities and access for under-represented students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Overall, the book is comprehensive and detailed, providing needed insights into the human aspects of policy implementation, illuminating what interventions mean for students and their families and how deeply inter-related these processes are. This book will certainly be of value for education scholars, sociologists, and others interested in higher education policy.--Teachers College Record

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Academic Capital Formationp. 19
Reframingp. 21
Family and Community Engagementp. 50
Academic Preparationp. 79
College Transitionsp. 111
Engaged Learningp. 142
College Success and Commitment to Upliftp. 170
Informing Public Policyp. 197
Academic Capital Formationp. 199
Informing Public Policyp. 222
Factor Analysis for Family Engagement in Twenty-first Century Scholars Programp. 243
Preparation by Twenty-first Century Scholars in the Class of 2004p. 245
Analysis of College Destinations of Gates Millennium Scholars and Comparison Studentsp. 249
Propensity Score Matching Comparing Pell Recipient Twenty-first Century Scholars with Other Pell Recipientsp. 251
Notesp. 255
Referencesp. 260
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780415800334
ISBN-10: 0415800331
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 15th October 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1