Capturing the Student Voice
In September 2010, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center began a partnership with the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) to look at the higher education experiences of young men of color. Together we explored the experiences of 92 African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students from 39 institutions across the country to learn how they get ready, get in and get through college.
The College Board and BIF engaged young men of color directly to understand how they view their experiences and to add their voice to the discussion of how to better meet their needs. Who are these students and how are they participating in higher education? What value do they place on a college degree? How do they make choices to get into school and stay in school?
The student experiences are structured across three broad themes: Pressures of Life, Pathways to Completion and Webs of Support. Within each theme, we've broken out two sub-sections: Roadblocks – those issues, problems, behaviors and people that stall or hinder student success and Catalysts – the behaviors, motivations, programs and people that support, propel or accelerate student success?