[mentalhealth-l] New Center Report: Interventions to Support Readiness, Recruitment, Access, Transition, and Retention for Postsecondary Education Success:
smhp at ucla.edu
Wed Jan 6 10:35:15 PST 2010
A NEW REPORT
Interventions to Support Readiness, Recruitment, Access,
Transition, and Retention for Postsecondary Education Success:
An Equity of Opportunity Policy and Practice Analysis
Recognition is growing about the public health and civil rights
imperative for reducing the high rate of school dropouts. However,
too little policy attention is paid to enhancing equity of
opportunity for those transitioning from adolescence to young
adulthood by increasing enrollment and success in postsecondary education.
Previous policy and practice reports from the Center at UCLA have
provided analyses indicating that reducing dropouts, increasing
graduation rates, and closing the achievement gap require more than
improving preK-12 instruction and enhancing school management. In
doing so, those analyses clarified fundamental flaws in prevailing
school improvement policies and practices for addressing barriers to
learning and teaching and recommended transformative changes.
This new report extends the earlier work by analyzing postsecondary
education. Given concerns about diversity and the degree to which
some subgroups are underrepresented in postsecondary education, the
report stresses that it is essential to use the lenses of equity of
opportunity and social justice in rethinking postsecondary education
policies and practices. Using these lenses, the report focuses on
interventions for improving K-12 in ways that reduce dropouts and
improve readiness for postsecondary education, programs for
bolstering recruitment and access, and efforts to facilitate
transition and retention; recommendations for a shift in policy to
enhance equity of opportunity are offered. The work is particularly
timely given the increasing calls for enhancing enrollment in and
completion of postsecondary education programs and for ensuring
inclusion of more and more students from subgroups that have been
underrepresented for too long.
For this report to have value, it needs to be shared.
Please forward it to anyone you think
should be paying attention to these matters.
School Mental Health Project/
Center for Mental Health in Schools
UCLA Dept. of Psychology
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
(310) 825-3634 / Toll Free: (866) 846-4843 / Fax: (310) 206-8716
Email: smhp at ucla.edu
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