BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

America's Forgotten Student Population

Creating a Path to College Success for GED® Completers

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March 2014
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March 2014
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April 2014
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Constituting one in twelve of adult Americans, GED certificate holders comprise a major pool of underdeveloped human capital in our society. They are a resource that will be sorely needed as “boomers” reach retirement and the traditional pipeline of 17 – 23 year olds falls short of filling our growing workforce needs.

Although these nontraditional students can potentially meet our future workforce demands, and although half of them enter post-secondary education, half of those who do so drop out of college for lack of basic support systems – often at the very same institutions that provided programs of retention while they were earning their GED and completing basic Adult Education classes. Yet national data collected by the National Center for Educational Statistics reveals that GED certificate holders who persist to their second year of community college studies accumulate grade point averages equal to high school graduates, refuting widely held beliefs that GED earners are not capable of rigorous academic work.

This is the first book to remedy the dearth of data on this forgotten population, to present original research on these students, describing their characteristics and motivations, and to provide proven models for identifying, retaining and graduating this under-counted and underestimated cohort. It addresses the issue of the pipeline from GED centers to postsecondary education, and includes first-person narratives that offer vivid insights into GED earners’ resilience and needs.

As this book reveals, more than 40 percent of community colleges responding to a 2010 ACT survey have no one responsible for coordinating retention efforts; and more than half have no goals for first-year student retention; and estimates that community colleges are cumulatively foregoing over $1.5 billion in revenues as the result of failing to retain their GED populations.

This book is a comprehensive resource for college administrators, and for educational policy makers and researchers, offering both broad policy recommendations and tested ideas and models that can be implemented at the state and institutional level.

"Using a wealth of data and perspectives from stakeholders who range from researchers and administrators, to students, the book seeks to sensitize those in charge of America's higher education enterprise to the uniqueness of a vulnerable student population that, with a little recalibration, could better integrated into the world of higher education. The value America's Forgotten Student Population brings is that it shows that ideas on how to better serve the GED population, while not necessarily inexpensive, are actionable and worthwhile. And it points out, in dollars and cents, just how costly the consequences of inaction can be."

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"America's Forgotten Student Population is an important addition to the analysis of the inadequate education of the American populace. It is critical that we understand and resolve the obstacles that lead to a high percentage of students dropping out rather than becoming significant contributors to our society."

- Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Emeritus Professor, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Surgery, and Pediatrics at John Hopkins, Chairman & CEO, American Business Collaborative, LLC, Biography “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” by Sony Pictures

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"This book sheds some much needed light on an understudied part of our higher education system. Researchers and policymakers should take heed of the potential to tap into the underutilized human capital present in GED Completers as a means to improve national competitiveness and promote individual opportunity."

- Nicole M. Chestang, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, GED Testing Service

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"This important book provides a rich set of perspectives on the needs, aspirations, and, yes, potential for success of an often neglected population of college students: those who earned a G.E.D. instead of a high school diploma. It is a must-read for college educators who want to understand who these students are and how better to serve them."

- Davis Jenkins, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"America's Forgotten Student Population shines a spotlight on the many difficult challenges that GED recipients face when they pursue post-secondary education. But fortunately, for the thousands of GED recipients in the U.S., this book highlights steps that colleges, schools, and communities can take to provide GED recipients with the kinds of information, supports, and advice that can propel them to success in higher education and careers. This book makes clear that we should no longer consider GED recipients second to high school graduates; rather, with the right kinds of assistance and support they can be just as successful.”

- Betsy Brand, Executive Director, America Youth Policy Forum

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"America's Forgotten Student Population: Creating a Path to College Success for GED Completers is a remarkable book that combines ground-breaking research on the lifelong learning of dropouts with very moving personal stories of students who have gone on to succeed in their lives. I strongly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the social, educational and economic dimensions of these issues facing millions of adults in our country as well as what we can do about it."

- Stephen Reder, Ph.D., Literacy, Language, and Technology Research Group, PSU, Author, "Literacy in America", Professor of Linguistics, PSU

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

" Dr. Angela Long has a distinguished record of working with students from diverse populations. America’s Forgotten Student Population provides critical strategies for those who recognize the importance and significance of post-secondary education for underserved students in our global society."

- Kevin A. Christian, Senior Program Associate, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, American Association of Community Colleges

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"I'm pleased to see the release of Dr. Long's important book on America's Forgotten Student Population, as broadening educational opportunities have become an important component to our future. The research and observations presented within regarding these opportunities - and the role mentoring plays - can only benefit generations to come."

- Dr. Nathan Whitaker, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers, "The Mentor Leader", "Quiet Strength" and "Through My Eyes"

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

"America's Forgotten Student Population is an important addition to the analysis of the inadequate education of the American populace. It is critical that we understand and resolve the obstacles that lead to a high percentage of students dropping out rather than becoming significant contributors to our society."

- Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Emeritus Professor, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Surgery, and Pediatrics at John Hopkins, Chairman & CEO, American Business Collaborative, LLC, Biography “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” by Sony Pictures

- Diverse Issues in Higher Education

EDITOR'S NOTE ON THE FOREWORD

FOREWORD
Story Musgrave

PREFACE
Angela Long

INTRODUCTION
Angela Long


PART ONE: THE VOICE OF THE RESEARCHER
1. IDLE ASSETS
An Examination of America's Underdeveloped Capital
Christopher M. Mullin

2. AMERICA'S UNTAPPED RESOURCE
Taking a Closer Look at GED Student Populations
Margaret Becker Patterson

3. FROM GED® TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
The Role of Institutions
Wei Song

PART TWO: THE VOICE OF THE STATEWIDE LEADER AND ADMINISTRATOR
4. REDEFINING COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS
Helton "Hep" M. Aldridge

5. STATE OF EDUCATIONAL TRENDS
The Developmental Education Dilemma
Mark A. Heinrich

6. LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP
K–12 Dropout Prevention Models in Promoting Postsecondary Education Success
Steve Dobo

7. DELVING INTO THE TRENCHES
A Practitioner’s Perspective
Pamela Blumenthal

8. INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSE AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL
Santa Fe Scholars Program as a Model for the Future
Jackson Sasser


PART THREE: THE VOICE OF THE STUDENT: PROMOTING RETENTION FROM A STUDENT LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE
9. FROM GED® TO MASTER’S DEGREE
Leah Rapoza

10. THE POWER OF STUDENT LEADERSHIP IN TRANSFORMING LIVES
Frederick Parks Jr.

11. REFLECTIONS OF A PEER MENTOR LEADER
Catlin Cade


PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
12. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Angela Long


APPENDIX

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX



Angela Long

Angela Long is an educational researcher, educator, and author who currently serves as an independent consultant in higher education, as well as co-editor of the “Innovative Ideas for Community Colleges” national book series through Stylus Publishing.

She has participated in three White House summit meetings on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and has shared her findings before participants at the Achieving the Dream national conference, Florida Association of Community Colleges, U.S. Department of Education, the White House Summit Meeting on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Miami, FL, the Consortium for Student Retention and Data Exchange, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Florida Council of Student Affairs to name a few. In 2011, she worked with student leaders to found the Pathways to Persistence Scholars program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She has experience teaching and working in the K-College setting and collaborates with leaders across the nation to publish groundbreaking data and retention metrics for at-risk student populations attending community colleges..

Christopher M. Mullin

Christopher M. Mullin is Executive Vice Chancellor of the Florida College System, Division of Florida Colleges at the Florida Department of Education, having formerly served as the Program Director for Policy Analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Washington, D.C. His research has focused on the evolution and development of state postsecondary education systems, with specific focus on community colleges and fiscal policy.