Minding the Gap argues that in today’s highly competitive, global economy, all young people need a postsecondary education.
Yet only one in ten students from the lowest economic quintile in the United States currently earns a postsecondary credential. This timely and instructive book from Jobs for the Future explores policies and practices that would quickly enable a larger number of low-income and first-generation college students to earn postsecondary degrees. In doing so, Minding the Gap calls for a system that thoroughly integrates secondary and postsecondary education—a system in which a college degree is the goal for all students.
Minding the Gap is an invaluable resource for policymakers and practitioners interested in eliminating the gap between secondary and postsecondary education. It focuses on those factors that must be addressed if the gap is to be eliminated: the lack of coordination between secondary and college curricula; dramatically different approaches to funding for public schools and higher education; and the lack of coordinated data systems spanning the educational continuum, from kindergarten through college. This is a ‘mustread’ for all those interested in increasing the number of American college graduates. — Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
This comprehensive collection offers a bracing examination of the anachronistic divide that separates K–12 schooling and higher education, to the detriment of both. It explains how this state of affairs came about, why it’s a problem, and what can be done about it. The contributors provide concrete and concise guidance on implementation, promising models, policy, data systems, and financial aid. This is an important book for educators and reformers serious about reinventing high school and tearing down the barriers to college access. — Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
In today’s economy, a college education is a must for every citizen. Minding the Gap shares innovative strategies for improving the delivery system of college so it is affordable and attainable for every child in America. — Mike Easley, Governor of North Carolina
Minding the Gap highlights the importance of raising the bar for high school and postsecondary education in the United States. Most important, it acknowledges that we must do a better job of reaching out to underserved and low-income communities to raise the educational level of their students and to provide them with the critical skills needed for the future global workforce. — Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, California State University