Increasing Access to College

Extending Possibilities for All Students

Edited by William G. Tierney & Linda Serra Hagedorn

Subjects: Higher Education
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791453643, 256 pages, March 2002
Hardcover : 9780791453636, 256 pages, March 2002

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Table of contents

Linda Serra Hagedorn and William G. Tierney

Part I. The Landscape of College Access

1. Pre-College Outreach Programs: A National Perspective
Watson Scott Swail and Laura W. Perna

2. The Relationship between Urbanicity and Educational Outcomes
Clifford Adelman

3. A Theoretical and Practical View of Student Adjustment and Academic Achievement
Amaury Nora

Part II. The Real World of College Preparation Programs

4. Meeting Common Goals: Linking K-12 and College Interventions
Patricia Gándara

5. The Social Construction of College Access: Confronting the Technical, Cultural, and Political Barriers to Low-Income Students of Color
Jeannie Oakes, John Rogers, Martin Lipton, and Ernest Morrell

6. (In)(Di)Visible Identities of Youth: College Preparation Programs from a Feminist Standpoint
Michelle G. Knight and Heather A. Oesterreich

7. Partners for Preparation: Redistributing Social and Cultural Capital
Susan Yonezawa, Makeba Jones, and Hugh Mehan

Part III. Suggestions and Policy for the Future

8. Making School to College Programs Work: Academics, Goals, and Aspirations
Linda Serra Hagedorn and Shereen Fogel

9. Parental Guidance Suggested: Family Involvement in College Preparation Programs
Alexander Jun and Julia Colyar

10. Reflective Evaluation: Improving Practice in College Preparation Programs
William G. Tierney

About the Contributors

Focuses on pre-college enrichment programs as a solution to the problem of minority and low-income student access to postsecondary education.


At a time when college enrollment rates for low income and under-represented students are far below those of non-minority students, policies and practices designed to increase access should be a priority for colleges, universities, high schools, and community agencies. Increasing Access to College examines pre-college enrichment programs that offer a specific and immediate remedy.

William G. Tierney is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. He is the editor of Faculty Work in Schools of Education: Rethinking Roles and Rewards for the Twenty-first Century, also published by SUNY Press. Also at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Linda Serra Hagedorn is Associate Professor of Education and Program Chair, Community College Leadership.


"…an illuminating collection … on pre-college programs—how they may be conceptualized and what is known about their success in increasing access for underrepresented and underserved students. " — Planning for Higher Education

"In a country where its national leadership has vowed to leave no child behind, the ability to attend and complete postsecondary education must be available to all. This book provides a clear and thoughtful guide for practitioners and policymakers to deepen their understanding of which college preparation programs have the best chance of succeeding for all students. " — Joseph A. Aguerrebere, Deputy Director, The Ford Foundation

"This eminent group of scholars lifts the conversation about access for disadvantaged students to a higher level. By framing the issues with a philosophical, political, and socio-cultural foundation, we learn that efforts to increase access to college do not occur in a vacuum. " — Laura Rendon, Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair in the College of Education, California State University, Long Beach

"There is no more important challenge for the future of the American workforce than that all of our college-capable youth enroll and succeed in college. Increasing Access to College addresses educational access and equity with skill and thoroughness, challenging us as a nation to find the right ways to build, develop, and evaluate what truly works. " — J. B. Schramm, Founder and Executive Director, College Summit