Collegiate Directions Publications

 

CDI examines obstacles to college success in new publication, Barriers to Entry

As the college application and acceptance process has become more complex and competitive, many low-income and first-generation-to-college students have been left at a distinct disadvantage.

In a new publication, Barriers to Entry, Collegiate Directions, Inc. examines eight prominent structural challenges and institutional obstacles facing low-income, first-generation-to-college students that present direct impediments to the successful attainment of a college degree: Academic Readiness, Conventional Wisdom, First-Generation status, Early Application, Demonstrated Interest, Financial Review, Scholarship Displacement, and Defining Costs.

“By themselves, any of these barriers could potentially lay waste to the best of college plans,” said CDI President Amma Felix. “However, the average CDI Scholar does not face just one of these barriers, but a disproportionate number face them all, making the task of graduating from college within six years all the more daunting.”

Using data culled from research studies and reports across multiple fields, government statistics, and its own internal numbers collected since 2005, CDI has pieced together disparate pieces information to create a clear picture of some of the key threats to college success for low-income, first-generation-to-college students that should be of use to students, parents, college counselors, government officials and anyone interested in the development of a more equitable college access and acceptance process that leads to increased graduation rates for all students.

For more information, or media inquiries, contact CDI Communications Manager James Carter at jcarter@collegiatedirections.org

Collegiate Directions, Inc., founded in 2005, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. In our Scholars Program we provide comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support, starting in 10th grade and continuing through successful college graduation. As a part of our School Support Program CDI extends our work to high school college advising offices through tailored consulting focused on helping school counselors and staff improve college advising and supporting students to find their best-fit college. Our newly launched Career Mentoring Initiative focuses on career coaching and access to workforce opportunities through experiential learning and connects Scholars with accomplished professionals in their chosen fields.

 

CDI Fact Book

CDI’s 2019 Fact Book highlights the work we do in our effort to close the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, first-generation-to-college students.

Illustrating the efficacy of CDI’s high-touch, results-driven approach that includes mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and family support over the course of more than six years, the Fact Book underscores why our work matters to our Scholars and the families we have served since 2005.

Additionally, you will find information about CDI’s School Support Program that extends our work to high school college advising offices through tailored consulting focused on helping school counselors and staff improve college advising and supporting students to find their best-fit college.

With the help of donations, sponsorships, and underwriting, CDI can expand the reach of our successful, proven program and help even more low-income, first-to-college students fulfill their educational aspirations and achieve what is possible.