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Friday, November 18 • 4:20pm - 5:30pm
College Readiness and Student Access

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Has the Texas Top 10% Plan Really Created Equal Access to its Premier Public Universities? Lolita Tabron, University of Denver

This study is an investigation of the effects of the University of Texas (UT) admission cap on a school’s odds of being a Texas Flagship feeder school. Findings indicate the UT admission cap reduced the number of high schools that sent students to Texas A&M and UT. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to show which K-12 school characteristics predict a school’s odds of being a feeder before and after the UT cap.

College-Going Culture Messaging: Considerations for 21st Century Schools and Their Leaders. Melissa Ann Martinez, Katherine Lewis, Isaac Abram Torres (Texas State University)

Through a symbolic framework, this case study critically examined the messaging associated with the college-going culture at three racially and economically diverse Texas high schools. The research questions included (a) what types of college-going culture messages are conveyed at the schools, and how; and (b) how do students, school staff, and leaders perceive such messaging and its impact? Findings revealed both explicit and implicit visual and verbal college-going messaging that were interpreted differently by multiple stakeholders.

Leading for Social Change: Developing College and Career Guidance Systems for Students That Engage Communities. Tricia L. Johnson, University of Denver

As American youth consider future career options, they need to be part of learning environments that engage them as active participants, respect the value they bring, and empower them to innovate through utilization of applied 21st century skills, which includes an examination of the processes with which American education exposes students to and prepares students for careers. A purposeful approach to career exploration is essential for students to make well-informed, productive decisions about career opportunities.

Implications of College Readiness Policies on Students, Teachers, and School Leaders. Melissa Ann Martinez, Jocabed G. Marquez, Yvette Cantu, Patricia Rocha (Texas State University)

A focus on improving college readiness nationwide has resulted in increased state college- readiness policies. Yet limited research examines how schools are implementing and
being impacted by such policies. Drawing on a critical sociocultural framework, this study examined how state and local college-readiness policies are impacting students, teachers, and school leaders at three Texas high schools. Findings shed light on how college- readiness policies are being appropriated and impacting stakeholders in different ways.

Friday November 18, 2016 4:20pm - 5:30pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet A

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