February 14, 2006

Access Sessions at AERA 2006

A Family Affair: Postsecondary Predisposition, Preparation, and Success

This session addresses how secondary schools and postsecondary institutions that serve low-income families of color might work to take advantage of the potential for positive family involvement and close the knowledge and resource gap. Four perspectives are presented: (1) A powerful tool for middle schools to engage low-income parents of color is being undermined by policy decisions, sometimes out of the control of urban districts. (2) The capacity and inclination parents of color in an urban area have to engage with schools and their children around postsecondary planning and preparation is examined. (3) Social class plays a significant role in the how students and families make postsecondary decisions. (4) Families are, themselves, both resources for and challenges to college success.

Session Participants

Genuine Invitations: District Policy, Middle-School Parents, and Postsecondary Planning
*Adriane A. Williams (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


“... Families Like Ours...": Parents’ Capacity and Inclination for Promoting College Access for Students of Color
* Susan Auerbach (California State University-Northridge)

Bridges and Barriers: Social Class and the Transition to College
*Janice Bloom (The City University of New York Graduate Center)

Resource and Responsibility: The Role of Family and Community in the Journey Through College
*Jennifer Ayala (St. Peter's College)

Chair: Adriane A. Williams (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Discussant: Patricia M. McDonough (University of California-Los Angeles)

Fri, Apr 7 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm


Student Aid: Access, Choice, and Attainment

Session Participants

Discussant: Laura W. Perna (University of Pennsylvania)

Chair: Marvin A. Titus (North Carolina State University)

How Much Does Money Matter? An Examination of the Role of Financial Aid in the Sub-Baccalaureate Degree and Certificate Attainment of Low-Income Students
*Kimberly R. Rogers (University at Buffalo-The State University of New York)

Possible Unintended Consequences of State Merit Aid Policy: Case of the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship
*Jennifer A. Delaney (Stanford University)

State Financial Policies and Student Choices of College and Major Field: A National Study of High Achieving Low-Income Students of Color
*Edward P. St. John (University of Michigan), Shouping Hu (Florida State University)

State Non-Need, Merit-Based Scholarship Programs
*Patricia L. Farrell (The University of New Mexico)

Sat, Apr 8 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm


Planning for College, Understanding Their Choices

Session Participants

Discussant: Patricia M. McDonough (University of California-Los Angeles)

Chair: Brent R. Petersen (Texas A & M University)

Measuring Predisposition in College Choice: Exploring Theory of Reasoned Action
*Todd E. Johnson (Washington State University), Paul E. Pitre (Washington State University), Anne E. Campbell (Washington State University)

Networks and Choices: How Do Social Networks Influence College Choice?
*Tiffany L. Smith (ETS)

Student Readiness for Postsecondary Endeavors
*Gary L. Williamson (MetaMetrics, Inc.)

Who Cares? Examining Black and Latino/a Youths' College-Going Processes Through a Critical Praxis
*Kate Spence (Teachers College, Columbia University), Michelle G. Knight (Teachers College, Columbia University), LaThell Sebastian-Smith (Teachers College, Columbia University)

Sat, Apr 8 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm


Success in College: Measures of Access, Equity, and Performance

Session Participants

Is There More to Postsecondary Success Than Test Scores?
*John Deke

The Effects of Welfare Reform on College Access: Lessons From National and State-Level Databases
*Kathleen M. Shaw (Temple University), Sara Goldrick-Rab (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jerry Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania)

The Social Construction of Louisiana's Merit-Based Scholarship Recipients
*Kim Hunter Reed (State of Louisiana Director of Policy & Planning), Amy B. Dellinger

What Drives High-School Graduation Rates and Where Are They Going: Understanding the Trends
*Christopher B. Swanson (Editorial Projects in Education)

Chair: Mary Anne Linden (University of Oregon)

Discussant: Shouping Hu (Florida State University)

Sat, Apr 8 - 4:05pm - 5:35pm


College Transitions

Session Participants

Discussant: Anna M. Ortiz (California State University-Long Beach)

Chair: Kristan M. Venegas (University of Nevada-Reno)

From When and Where I Enter: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations of Minority Students’ Transition to College
*Deborah F. Carter (University of Michigan), Angela M. Locks (University of Michigan), Rachelle Winkle Wagner (Indiana University)

Multiple Capitals, Marginalizing Experiences, and Latino Students'
College Transitions
*Anne-Marie Nunez (University of California-Los Angeles)

Precarious Paths: The High-School-to-College Transition of Undocumented Students
*Paz M. Oliverez (University of Southern California)

The Role of Primary and Secondary Control in Academic Deviance Among College Students
*Nancy Robinson-Epp (University of Manitoba), Steve Hladkyj (University of Manitoba), Lia Marie van Winkel (University of Manitoba), Raymond P. Perry (University of Manitoba)

Mon, Apr 10 - 10:35am - 12:05pm

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