May 14

Past Event

The Role of High Schools in Preparing Disadvantaged Students for College

Event Materials


Postsecondary education can help disadvantaged young people increase their economic opportunity. However, disadvantaged youth encounter barriers in qualifying for college, paying tuition, and ultimately succeeding. Many scholars, policymakers, and advocates have come to the view that high schools should do more to prepare disadvantaged students for the academic rigors of college and to help them select a college and apply for student aid.

On May 14, The Future of Children, a joint project between Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, will release a policy brief discussing the steps high schools should take to help low-income students prepare for postsecondary education. The policy brief is a companion to the most recent issue, America’s High Schools, which examines the reasons high schools are widely believed to be failing and proposes solutions. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the former superintendent of the Denver schools, will deliver the keynote address.

Event Materials:
A New Goal for America’s High Schools: College Preparation for All policy brief »
Future of Children »

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Keynote Speaker

    • The Honorable Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

      United States Senate

  • Overview

    • James Kemple

      Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools

  • Panel: Helping Students Pick and Pay for College

    • Cecilia Rouse (Moderator)

      Member, Council of Economic Advisers

    • Michael J. Carter

      Founder, President, and CEO

      Strive for College

    • Mark R. Dynarski

      Vice President

      Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

    • Jenny K. Nagaoka

      Associate Director for Postsecondary Studies

      Consortium on Chicago School Research

    • Sheri Ranis

      Senior Program Officer, Research & Data, U.S. Programs

      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    • Portrait: Russ Whitehurst


May 14, 2009

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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Brookings Office of Communications

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