Urban High School Students and the Challenge of Access documents a year in the life of five adolescents preparing for college. The text examines the different pathways that brought these students to where they are: living in poverty, attending overcrowded schools, and the pressure to be the first in their families to attend college are just a few of the challenges these students must battle en route to college, and that impact their chances of success once there. Their stories provide insight for practitioners and policy makers working to improve college access at urban high schools.
The Editors: William G. Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, where he is also Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. He earned an M.Ed. in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of several books, including: Trust and the Public Good: Examining the Cultural Conditions of Academic Work (2006); Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm (2004); and Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach (2005, coedited with Zoe B. Corwin and Julia E. Colyar). Julia E. Colyar is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Southern California.
Contents: William G. Tierney: Introduction: Si, Se Puede - Paz M. Oliverez/Kristan M. Venegas/Zoe Blumberg Corwin: Urban Students, Social Ecologies - Julia E. Colyar: Cultural Biography: Re-visiting Methodology - William G. Tierney: Mushutu and Juan: A Tale of Two Students - Julia E. Colyar: Big Ideas, Small Details: Jenny Acevedo - Zoe Blumberg Corwin: The Paper Trail of Lily Salazar - Kristan M. Venegas: Dreams, Disappointment, and Drive: Trinity Borrego's Path to College - William G. Tierney: Conclusion: Cultural Biographies and Policy-Making.