Guess, A. (2008) Increasing access, the online way Inside Higher Education, Nov. 1
Another report from Andy Guess at the Educause 2008 conference, on an interesting link between online education services and increased access to university for low-income/minority groups
The state of North Carolina (US) has tried a novel approach to encouraging low-income and minority students to apply to college: reaching out to them on the Web. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a partnership of the state’s K-12 and college systems. Its services include online application and transcript services for high school students, telephone hotlines and online help and information on grants.
North Carolina has shown the greatest increase in college participation rates among all states for low-income students from 1999 to 2006, at 3.4 percent, which encompasses the CFNC efforts. The rate currently stands at above 26 percent, up from 15 percent in 1993 and 20 percent in 2001.
For more details, read the report in Inside Higher Education