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Metropolitan Universities Journal

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Parent-teacher relationships, African Americans -- Education (Higher), Education, Higher -- Parent participation, College choice -- Social aspects


Urban African American teens are unprepared to compete for jobs in the global marketplace, but higher education professionals could partner with parents to reverse this trend. After reviewing parent involvement literature, this paper shares findings from a study of urban African American parents involved in their children's outreach programs. It found that outreach programs empowered parents by creating "community" and strengthened cultural capital while providing social capital that made parents partners in their children's college choice process.


This is the publisher's PDF. This article was published by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

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