Priming city kids for selective colleges
Today's story by higher ed reporter Steve Kiehl looks at the work being done to recruit Baltimore students to Hopkins and University of Maryland and the challenges presented. Despite Hopkins' offer of free tuition to any city student who can gain admission, just 13 freshmen from Baltimore enrolled this year. Finances prevent many city kids from striving to get into such pricey schools as Hopkins, but when money is no longer the object, what's the problem?
As the story explains, preparation is one issue. Familiarity is another. Why apply to a school that no one you know has attended? Hakeem Godwin, a senior at Forest Park, told Steve that many of his classmates are "afraid" to apply to Maryland.
From expanding A.P. classes to paying for all kids to take the PSATs and SATs to having university reps on hand at the annual high school fair, city schools are doing a lot to set students' sights on college. Yet clearly, much more needs to be done to change the stigma that they don't belong at the state's selective institutions.