America's Forgotten Student Population
Creating a Path to College Success for GED® Completers

Foreword by Story Musgrave
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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.

Table of Contents:
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





Reviews & Endorsements:
"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