Educators are finding that kids aren’t coming to school prepared to learn because they are... Read More
Meredith College Reaches Out to Spanish-Speaking Applicants
Meredith College has developed a “College Planning Toolkit” to help Spanish-speaking students and families get to college, graduate and find employment.
Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina has developed a College Planning Toolkit — in both English and Spanish — to assist parents and students as they make the transition to college, through graduation and on to employment.
“We put together the toolkit to help identify the ways that families can be supportive throughout the process and to help understand the shifting roles of supportive groups,” says Daniel Green, associate vice president for enrollment at Meredith. “This will help ensure college success and beyond.”
The kit, which is available in a book or online, has been adapted in both English and Spanish. The decision to make the kit bilingual came as the result of a growing Hispanic population in North Carolina, Green says.
“We have worked quite intentionally over many years to ensure that Meredith is serving and is representative of North Carolina’s rich cultural populations,” he explained.
The school developed an advisory group to help bring education, cultural resources and business partners together to help improve educational opportunities for Hispanic students. The group, called ¡Levántate, North Carolina!, has held town hall meetings and a statewide college fair. The group’s latest endeavor is the College Planning Toolkit.
The kit came as the result of students who were expressing concerns that their families were diverting their attention away from schoolwork by asking them to come home to babysit, do laundry, or work to help their families financially.
“[Students] know that their families are sacrificing quite a bit [by sending them to college], but the families were also providing additional pressures that were not helping academic progress and success,” Green says. “We felt that good education for the families on ways to be supportive–but not overbearing–would be helpful.”
The toolkit was developed with funding from North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. It includes five sections: research, preparing and applying to
college, paying for college, enrolling in college, navigating and thriving in college and preparing for life after college.
Meredith hopes to roll out the toolkit in addition to parent workshops, primarily “in areas where we find students are having most difficulties,” Green says. Meredith is
working with high schools that have large multicultural populations of students who tend to opt out of going to college.
Although Meredith hasn’t done an analysis of how the kit will improve retention rates directly, the school is hoping it will have an impact regardless. “We find that mentoring along with “knowing” our students helps to ensure our continuing retention,” Green says. “The major struggle for students is financial, and we continually try to find sponsors and alternative ways to help them.”
Meredith College is a liberal arts women’s college established in 1891 and enrolls ~2,300 students, most of whom reside in North Carolina.
by John Jensen, PhD The debate over high-stakes testing pits the need for assessing student... Read More
Teachers and parents spoke out at the Denver Public Schools board meeting about the... Read More
Researchers are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over... Read More
Plan your career as an educator using our free online datacase of useful information.
- Select a State Subject
- Animation Schools in Massachusetts
- History Schools in Oklahoma
- School Psychology Schools in North Dakota
- Select a City Subject
- Animation Schools in Beverly
- Animation Schools in Boston
- Animation Schools in Braintree
- Animation Schools in Brookline
- Animation Schools in Cambridge
- Animation Schools in Framingham
- Animation Schools in Newton
- Animation Schools in North Andover
- Animation Schools in North Dartmouth
- Animation Schools in Norwood
- Animation Schools in Springfield
- Animation Schools in Wilmington
- Animation Schools in Woburn
- Animation Schools in Worcester
- History Schools in Ada
- History Schools in Alva
- History Schools in Chickasha
- History Schools in Claremore
- History Schools in Durant
- History Schools in Goodwell
- History Schools in Lawton
- History Schools in Oklahoma City
- History Schools in Stillwater
- History Schools in Tulsa
- School Psychology Schools in Minot