The Link between High School Reform and College Access and Success for Low-income and Minority Youth

M. Martinez
S. Klopott


The mission of the Pathways to College Network (PCN) is to focus on improving college preparation, access, and success for underserved populations, including low-income, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students. To ascertain where we currently stand with respect to achieving our mission, this updated paper—originally written in 2002—identifies and analyzes school reforms that present evidence of college preparation for all students.



This study from American Youth Policy Forum and Pathways to College Network looks at curriculum development in high school. Specifically, it looks at how high schools can align their curriculum more closely with college expectations and requirements. Likewise, it looks at how reforms in the social support can help within the academic organizations as well.

APA Citation

Martinez, M., & Klopott, S. (2005). The link between high school reform and college access and success for low-income and minority youth. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum.

About the Study

Links to Article
Publication Type Report
In Publication American Youth Policy Forum
Type of Research Theoretical
Research Design Not applicable
Intervention/Areas of Study Administration, management, and leadership, including accreditation, financial models, and legal, Course, program, or institutional culture, Course and program evaluation, Course design, Course organization, Faculty and professional development and/or training, Student readiness
Level of Analysis Course-level, Program-level, Institutional-level
Specific Populations Examined
Peer-Reviewed No
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest K-12
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Academic achievement or performance, including assessment scores and course grades, Degree attainment, Institutional effectiveness, Instructional effectiveness, Learning effectiveness, Program effectiveness, Retention
Student Sample Size
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