Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, Los Angeles, CA (2006-2007)
EPI conducted a qualitative analysis of data collected from focus groups with students on the topic of postsecondary access. The published report presents analysis of a series of over 30 focus groups conducted in Missouri with 7th, 9th, and 11th-grade students and concerns their attitudes toward college and the future. Students were also asked to identify who and/or what influenced their postsecondary plans, as well as the potential barriers they saw to achieving their goals. Recommendations for increasing student awareness of and information about college and making decisions about their future were outlined.