AN INNOVATIVE COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Abstract - The authors present data from 1257 students across 61 urban California public high schools. These students participated in a culturally-responsive college access program called Make It Happen. This program is grounded in the notion of community cultural wealth, which underscores students’ cultural capital (Yosso, 2005) as they navigate the college application process. Our research question focused on whether or not students who received the intervention would have increased levels of social connectedness, school connection, career decision making, academic and college self-efficacy, and ethnic identity commitment at post-test in comparison to a control group. We used mixed-effects general linear models to test our hypotheses.All of the variables except for school connection increased in the expected directions at post-test.
Keywords - College Access, Community Cultural Wealth, Education Equity, High School.