Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has been recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity's (CSO) 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality.
According to the College Board, high-achieving students from low-income families have about the same chance of enrolling in college as low-achieving students from wealthier families. However, those who do make it to college are not finding supportive college environments or graduating. A recent USA Today article notes that 89 percent of low-income, first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, eight out of 10 students expect to attain a bachelor's degree or higher. Despite these aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses.
"One of our University's core values at Eastern is 'inclusion,'" said Eastern's President Elsa Núñez, "and we are fundamentally committed to ensuring that students from all walks of life have access to a college education. We are pleased to be included in the 2011 College Access and Opportunity Guide. I know that the Information found in the guide will be very helpful to families and prospective students need when considering what college is best for them."
Published by Sourcebooks, a leader in college guides and study aids, the 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide is significant breakthrough in arming students and their supporters with the necessary information to pursue and succeed in college.
The Guide features:
· 284 colleges and universities highlighted for their outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services
· A four-step plan to college developed by partners, KnowHow2GO
· Articles and advice from college students and other experts
· Valuable information for parents and mentors, including a new Spanish-language section
"We want to show students and their supporters that the opportunity for college is there," said Matt Rubinoff, Executive Director of CSO. "The 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide is a special resource that provides guidance through the college process and delivers important information on college programs aimed to serve low-income, first-generation college students."
For more information about the Center for Student Opportunity visit www.CSOpportunity.org.