Helping Students Pursue Their College & Career Aspirations

FAQs

  • Is it unrealistic to prepare every student for college? What’s wrong with a student pursuing a trade or vocation?

    We cannot definitively say that it is realistic to prepare every student for college. However, current research clearly indicates that far too many students who have the desire to attend college, and who have the capacity to perform successfully in college, are not being effectively prepared for college-level studies nor adequately informed as to the range of college choices available to them.

  • Do you think too much is expected of teachers; do students and parents need to do more?

    Yes (to both questions). However, rather than pointing fingers and attempting to place blame, we must do more to engage in strategic discussions where we examine what we are doing, if it is working, and what we must do differently to meet today’s needs of schools and communities.

  • How can I encourage my child to pursue college when I do not make nearly enough money to afford today’s rising college tuition costs?

    The issue is not whether or not you should be encouraging your child to pursue college. The question is whether or not you will identify the people and resources to assist your child in developing the right plan. Children from poverty have extraordinary opportunities to attend the country’s best colleges with little or no money from their parents. However, they need a plan, they need to work hard, they need to make sacrifices, and they need to qualify for college admissions. However, isn’t the same true of pursuing a position on the varsity football team, in the high school band, in the middle school orchestra, or in the elementary school play?

  • Why is the Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity so different from other organizations or consulting firms?

    Mr. Wynn’s experiences as a child of poverty, first generation college graduate, educator, and parent who has successfully navigated his own child’s way into Amherst College, provides him with a unique understanding of the challenges facing students and families. Mr. Wynn is equipped to help schools and communities understand how schools work, barriers facing families, peer pressures challenging students, and the frequent misunderstandings between parents and teachers due to socioeconomic, cultural, and racial differences.

  • What makes the presentations by your foundation different from the presentations by other college-planning organizations?

    Our presentations are student-centered and student-achievement driven. This means we share important information with parents and students pertaining to standardized test performance, course enrollment data, and college readiness data that highlights the unique barriers facing students based on schools that they attend, their racial group, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Is there one college plan that all students should follow

    No. Each student needs to develop a plan that accounts for his or her unique situation. Every student’s plan should address his or her strengths and weaknesses, gifts and talents, interests and aspirations, and opportunities within his or her community.

  • Is it realistic for students from low-income families or low-performing schools to pursue college?

    Yes. No matter what the income level of a family or the performance level of a school, all students have to develop a plan reflective of their unique circumstances, obstacles, and opportunities. Each year, thousands of students from low-income families and low-performing schools are accepted into some of the best colleges and universities in the United States. In fact, a homeless student was recently accepted into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and Stanford!

  • Is talking about college planning with elementary and middle school students too early?

    No. The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) test results for 4th-grade students indicate that there are students that have already fallen off the college pathway before leaving elementary school. Helping students and parents to understand how to ensure that students leave elementary school with a solid academic foundation, particularly in reading and math is critically important.