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FSU co-authored research paper to be presented in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Toby Park
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By Kelli Gemmer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A research paper co-authored by Dr. Toby Park, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, has been commissioned by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA to be presented Sept. 2 at the United States Capitol Center in Washington, D.C.

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Toby Park

“Do Higher Education Accountability Proposals Narrow the Opportunity for Minority Students and Minority-Serving Institutions? What New Research Tells Us” is a higher education research and policy briefing for congressional staff, policymakers, advocates, researchers and the press.

“Students of color have not achieved equal opportunity for higher education and many of the institutions that serve them are struggling with economic and policy challenges,” says The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “Some critics of the Obama Administration claim that recent accountability and financial aid policy changes would close the door to college for many deserving students.” This convening brings together seven research papers that examine these issues with the goal of avoiding unintended consequences that could be disadvantageous to minority students.

Dr. Stella Flores, lead author and professor at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, will present the paper co-authored by Park, which is entitled, “The Racial College Completion Gap: Evidence from Texas.”

In the paper, Flores and Park investigate how pre-college characteristics contribute to the achievement gap and how this contribution compares to postsecondary factors. “We must first understand inputs into postsecondary education if we are to make comparisons about outputs,” says Park. “This reasoning, however, may be overlooked with funding being tied to outcome measures.”

For more information on their related research, view the news story by Florida State 24/7.

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