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Technological inequities in the College Application Process

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Transcript of Technological inequities in the College Application Process

Technological Inequities
in the College Application Process Research Application Financial Aid College Counseling Research by student Private vs. public schools computers for:
college choice
admission
financial aid
enrollment Fast internet = huge advantage = fewer resources + more outside obligations just keep the computers running! College search sites CollegeNET.com Petersons.com The College Board Department of Education College Navigator minimum and maximum price
test score statistics
campus setting
religious affiliation database of over 7000 schools
incredibly detailed statistics and information Low income = huge disadvantage inexperience with computers less guidance from counselors + = low-level or no use
of the best resources ...of free information... ...by low-income students! Virtual tours http://youniversitytv.com/youlife/cvt.php#vidid=3215 College websites need a computer and the Internet intended for more universal access
lower bandwidth Paper vs. online Most schools accept both Some require online supplements
to paper application Libraries as access points 55% say connection speeds are insufficient at least some of the time almost every public library is now connected to the Internet... ...but only one quarter offer true broadband speeds average of 12 workstations per library: "insufficient some (63.1%) or all (19.4%) of the time" The Common Application One form goes to everyone vs. Student must copy, collate, and mail Error! Online searches applications Department of Education College Board PROFILE FastWeb FinAid on the Web Continuous access required e-mail in particular FAFSA Strong preference for online submission up to three weeks faster
automatically determines eligibility for other grants
skips irrelevant questions
checks for contradictory answers
overall: reduces possibility of rejection So: what can be done? provide better college counseling and information to students stop overburdening counselors with unrelated obligations ask colleges to shoulder some of the responsibility for training students how to apply ensure colleges and financial aid providers accept alternate and equally comprehensive application methods publish deadlines and other communications via multiple methods continue improving technological access at libraries and schools lack of equitable access + References Bertot, J. C., McClure, C. R., & Davis, D. M. (2009). 2009 National Survey of Public Library Computer and Internet Access. Retrieved April 24, 2010, from http://www.plinternetsurvey.org/findings.html
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American Library Association and the Center for Library & Information Innovation :
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