A Critical Perspective : On Mentoring and Education

There has been a significant amount of conversation about increasing access to higher education, but what does that mean? The Obama administration recently met with members of higher education institutions, the conversations centered on how to get more youth of color into and through higher education. One of the suggested solutions was to beef up high school guidance counseling, so that counselors have smaller caseloads and more college admissions training. High school institutions are grappling with a similar issue; how to get young people of color through high school and into higher education. One of the suggested solutions has been to create multiple pathways, often including a move toward increasing opportunities for remediation outside of the traditional classroom.  But what happens when the floodgates open? When youth of color, given college entrance counseling and equipped with remedial diplomas make it to institutions of higher education? What will guarantee their survival…

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