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Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K-12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations

The staff of the Bridge Project (located at Stanford University and sponsored in part by the Pew Foundation) recently released this sobering appraisal of the lack of compatibility between K-12 and higher education, and the potential reasons why many students have difficulty making an effective and successful transition between the two. Authored by Andrea Venezia, Michael W. Kirst, and Anthony L. Antonio, the 72-page report contains a number of sections, including various policy recommendations for politicians and educational leaders. Some of the more troubling findings deal with inequalities throughout education systems in college counseling, college preparation course offerings, and connections with local postsecondary institutions. The policy recommendations contained in the report are numerous, and include provisions for providing students, parents, and educators with high-quality information about (and access to) courses that will help prepare students for college-level standards, along with focusing on the institutions that serve the majority of students.
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Date Issued 2003
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-03-28
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