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Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It

Edited by Nancy Hoffman, Marc S. Miller


Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It explores policies and practices that would quickly, cost-effectively, and successfully produce a higher number of postsecondary school graduates, particularly among low-income and first-generation students.

Coedited by WestEd’s Andrea Venezia, the book advocates for a better high school education in order to decrease dropout rates and ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for higher education and subsequently well-paying, flexible jobs.

The book’s essays, written by leading experts including Venezia, focus on the high school/college transition years, the period in which young people are most vulnerable to the education failure that will severely limit future opportunities.

The book argues for a rethinking and restructuring of this transitional period, calling for a system that thoroughly integrates secondary and postsecondary education—a system in which a college degree is the goal for all students.

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-891792-45-8
Copyright: 2007
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 330
Publisher: Harvard Education Press

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Praise for this Resource

  • 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
  • Minding the Gap is a useful guide for policy makers and educators who are interested in new models for addressing the structural and educational gaps between the K-12 system and higher education that persist in virtually every corner of the nation. Of special value to educators and administrators who may aspire to the creation of early college programs are the sections outlining existing programs and practices.”

    TC Record/June 2008