Accessing the Dream: Higher Education in America

Saturday, Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-noon

Despite rising college enrollments nationwide, the U.S. continues to lag behind other industrialized countries in the rate of college participation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one in five occupations that will experience the largest growth in the next decade will require a four-year postsecondary degree. Similarly, 55 percent of the population will need college degrees by 2025 to equal the degree attainment rates of top-performing countries. With funding from the 21st Century Foundation, CSG created the National Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education Access to address the benefits of providing a seamless transition from high school to postsecondary education through a variety of rigorous curricular programs and to advance policies necessary for implementation. Learn from council members how your state can adopt and implement state policies for Advanced Placement courses and exams, International Baccalaureate Programs, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, Early/Middle High School Programs, P-16/P-20 governance and funding issues related to high school reform that will result in an increased number of high school students enrolling in postsecondary education.



Scott Barton

Principal, The Preuss School UCSD, San Diego Unified Schools
Scott Barton was appointed principal of the Preuss School in May, 2008, following a number of years as dean of students. He holds administrative and teaching credentials from San Diego State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in computer education from Alliant University.
The Preuss School is a middle and high school dedicated to providing intensive college-prep education for motivated low-income students who will become the first in their families to graduate from college. The school is jointly chartered by UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District. The school opened in 1999 with 150 students, and now has 755 students in grades six through 12. Ninety-six percent of the seniors in the last two graduating classes were admitted to four-year colleges.
Newsweek magazine named the Preuss School the sixth best high school in the nation among 1,300 schools last year, and U.S. News and World Report named it the 10th best school out of 18,000 surveyed for the annual “America’s Best High Schools” report.
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Dr. James Applegate

Senior Vice President for Program Development, Lumina Foundation for Education
James L. Applegate serves as senior vice president for program development at the Lumina Foundation. In that role, he leads in development of the foundation’s funding programs supporting achievement of Lumina’s “Big Goal” to dramatically increase educational attainment in the U.S, especially for low-income, first-generation, minority and adult students. That work includes strategic implementation of effective practices and policies supporting increases in the number of prepared students entering higher education, the number of students succeeding in college, and in the productivity and capacity of the system to provide many more people high quality credentials and degrees.
Before joining Lumina in 2008, he served as senior fellow and vice president for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, where he coordinated statewide initiatives supporting institutional engagement in a public agenda for higher education that targeted dramatic increases in education attainment and growth in Kentucky’s knowledge-based economy. He has served on numerous national advisory boards for organizations influencing higher education policy including the U.S Department of Education, the American Council on Education, the ACT, The Council of State Governments, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
He also was a professor of communication at the University of Kentucky, and was chair of that department for 15 years. During that period he also served as University Senate Chair and an American Council on Education Fellow. He was elected president of the National Communication Association, the world’s largest association of communication scholars, and the Southern Communication Association. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and research reports on communication processes recognized by various organizations for their contributions to the discipline.