Interactive College Access Tool

Background

Significant inequalities exist between socioeconomic groups in access to college. Historically, first-generation, low-income students and persons of color have attended college at rates lower than the national average. The goal of the interactive web-based college access tool is to make information more accessible about the college application process, the college selection process, financial aid, and other critical areas. The objective of the project is to help ameliorate disparities among groups so that more high school students have the opportunity to become active, informed, and engaged citizens in society.

 

A Summary of the Forum’s Work

Promoting access to college starts with the strategic dissemination of information about college. Our research of Internet resources available to high school students in choosing a college has demonstrated that few resources exist to encourage Michigan high school students to attend college. Without a centralized Internet resource for college information, we risk the inability to encourage larger numbers of Michigan students to attend college. With that concern in mind, conversations about improving college-going rates among Michigan high school students took place in Wixom , Michigan in January and at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good in March. From those meetings, we have identified a course of action consisting of eight critical steps in creating a college access web tool.