What kinds of obstacles do minorities face in higher education?
The word minority has different meanings in different settings. As regards higher education, students of color are not well represented in post-secondary institutions as compared with their majority race counterparts. Considering apparent obstacles four come to mind, first and foremost the challenge students often face is questioning by peers about their right to engage higher education, to even be in college. A huge challenge faced by first generation students of color is a deficit in language breadth and usage because parents and guardians lacked education and did not encourage, affirm or make available the stimuli to build a strong vocabulary. Thirdly is money and while this seems surprising, money to attend, without a strong skill set creates a high dropout rate. Finally, awareness is an enormous problem. Many first generation families with whom I consult are unaware of the CommonApp, scholarships beyond those based on GPA or post-secondary institutions that do not require an SAT. Since only 30% of black families have access to the internet, they often do not know how to identify reliable sites or assess the enormous amount of information available. Although I list four main concerns, multiple other issues contribute. However, it is my sense that the four aforementioned are all aspects stemming from these four categories.