Postsecondary Educational Trajectories of Urban Youth: Addressing Vulnerabilities and Barriers to Enrollment and Persistence
Much research and many policy initiatives to date have focused on access to postsecondary education. However, despite the fact that college attendance has increased considerably over the last three decades, the proportion of students who complete college has decreased. This lack of persistence and degree completion in college, especially among disadvantaged students, has become an increasing concern to policymakers interested in fostering the development of competence and self-sufficiency in young adults.
This issue brief explores the educational trajectories of Chicago youth from high school to college. The researchers track the range of pathways that they follow through postsecondary education and suggest policies and programs that have the potential to support these young adults as they pursue their postsecondary educational goals.