Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FAll 2014

Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

In this issue of Inquiry, we share with you our current efforts related to increasing access to college for low-income and underrepresented students. This past February, the Pew Research Center reported that Millennial college graduates ages 25 through 32 who are working full time earn more annually—about $17,500 more—than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma. This pay gap is significantly larger than in previous generations. Pew also found that about nine in 10 graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree say that college has already paid off (72 percent) or will pay off in the future (17 percent).

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  • College Access

    In this issue: College Access

    How can we unlock the doors to college for underrepresented students who need information and guidance? The School of Education and Social Policy is making a difference through innovative programs and research.

  • Opening Doors to Success
    Opening Doors to Success

    Competition for spots in top colleges and universities is increasingly intense. For students who may be the first in their family to plan on a higher education degree, the challenge of navigating the admission process is magnified.

  • building the mindset and means for college
    Building the Mindset and Means for College

    The Fresh-Faced sixth graders at Nichols Middle School are a long way from college. However SESP Assistant Professor Mesmin Destin knows that discussions with them now can open doors to college later.

  • COLLEGE COACHING boosts access for high school students
    College ‘Coaching’ Boosts Access for High School Students

    How can educators and policymakers encourage lower-income urban high school students to apply for college — and any financial assistance they might need to get there? How can they help such students then succeed in reaching their goals?