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March 29, 2013 - The Los Angeles Times featured Mike Rose's book Back to School, where Rose sat down with Times reporter Hector Tobar to discuss "second-chance" learners and the importance of these institutions. Read On the school of second chances: a Q&A with Mike Rose

Each spring across America, thousands of students who once lagged behind their peers get accepted to top-notch universities, thanks to what author Mike Rose calls “second chance” learning. In California alone, 20,000 community college graduates successfully transfer into the University of California each year. Other second-chance institutions teach people to speak English and read and write, and provide the training needed to enter trades as diverse as culinary arts and electronics. Their student bodies include people like my own father, a Guatemalan immigrant with a fourth-grade education, who came to L.A. and took night courses at Hollywood and eventually got an A.S. degree from Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Rose, an L.A. native and UCLA professor, takes a look at the health of these institutions in his 11th book, “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.” He agreed to answer a few questions about his new book and the state of second-chance learning in the U.S.

March 22, 2013 - In a recent opinion pieced published by Christian Science Monitory, Mike Rose makes a case for looking at the quality of college teachers if student success and graduation are the goals. For full piece: Time to help college professors be better teachers 


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February 2013 - Riverside case study team member Christine Cerven's article was recently published in the latest special issue of Education Policy Analysis Archives. The issue on Democracy's College: The American Community College in the 21st Century was guest edited by Jeanne Powers and Amy Topper. Below is the citation:

Cerven, C. (2013). Public and private lives: Institutional structures and personal supports in low-income single mothers' educational pursuits. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(17). Retrieved from


Jan. 23, 2013 - Mike Rose wrote an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor. Titled Character education is not enough to help poor kids, Rose discussed that "character education – teaching kids to be responsible and to persevere – isn't enough to bring poor students out of poverty or close the achievement gap. Policymakers need to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and the significant obstacles poor children face."


EdWeek illustrationJan. 15, 2013 - In an Education Week commentary, Mike Rose bemoans the reduction of "cognition" from a rich and varied idea into skills measured by standardized tests. "By all means, let us take a hard look at our national obsession with tests and scores and grades, and let us think more generously about what kinds of people we want our schools to develop. Part of such reconsideration would include a reclaiming of the full meaning of cognition—one that is robust and intellectual, intimately connected to character and social development, and directed toward the creation of a better world."


Jan. 9, 2013 - Mike Rose discusses "Back to School" and the importance of higher education institutions in our society with Washington Post's Valerie Strauss. In Where the actions is in higher education, Rose points to pivotal roles played by community colleges and state colleges. "I use the stories of returning students to illustrate what is possible – and I hope to inspire others who might be contemplating further schooling – but also to illustrate what we need to do to improve these vital institutions. And, finally, I would like the book to remind us of all we stand to lose if we keep cutting the budgets of adult schools, community colleges, and the like."


September 2012 - A new book by Mike Rose, UCLA professor and member of the Los Angeles Case Study Team was released. Back to School: Wy Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education offers vignettes of "second chance" students in community college, vocational programs and adult education. Read the press release

June 2012 - Cynthia Feliciano and Mariam Ashtiani of the National Analysis team published a piece in RISE: International Journal of Sociology of Education. Read How low-income origins affect postsecondary entry and degree completion here.

Sept. 11, 2011 - Mike Rose's piece What College Can Mean to the Other America published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

June 2011 - Mike Rose interviewed for NPR's Weekend Edition Professor: Value of College extends beyond paycheck

Summer 2011 - Mike Rose's Making Sparks Fly: How occupational education can lead to a love of learning for its own sake, published in The American Scholar

April 21, 2011 - Los Angeles Case Study member Mike Rose publishes Remediation at a Crossroads in Insider Higher Education


April 9-11, 2011 - Multiple Pathways team members will present their research during the annual American Educational Research Association's conference, held in New Orleans this year. For more, click here.


Feb. 15, 2011 - Research team members Tara Watford, Vicki Park and Mike Rose publish piece in Inside Higher Education about the importance of incorporating student experiences and perceptions in interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates among the nation's community college students. The piece is title Where are the Student Voices? and can be read online here.  


Nov. 3, 2010 - With the launch of PATHWAYS to Postsecondary Success' website, one article from the JESPAR special issue will be made free for the public for 30 days. Click here to read about the Underserved Third, an underclass of students who are neither prepared for college nor career.


Aug. 8, 2010 - Mike Rose's piece Why America Needs a Smithsonian of Basic Skills published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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PATHWAY's final report calls for a richer, more comprehensive and humane understanding of the lives of low-income youth. With this viewpoint in mind, the report  highlights five factors that matter when thinking about and promoting success for low-income college students. These factors – student voices, diversity, assets, connection between K-12 and high education sectors, and institutional supports and conditions – are key for all student success initiatives.