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Assessing Barriers to Education

Students generally don’t think about what it takes to begin their postsecondary journey. We discuss how knowing ourselves and realistically evaluating our preparedness for school, will lead to becoming a successful college student. We begin the awareness process by introducing the inventory, Assessing Barriers to Education by John J. Liptak which can be purchased from Jist Works. This informal assessment identifies academic, financial, educational planning, personal and situational, belief and expectations barriers that students will need to be aware of before beginning their college careers. This inventory validates feelings that the individual may already have about coming to college and better prepares them when they arrive. After the inventory is discussed, participants engage in a goal-setting activity utilizing the information learned in their personal inventories.

Kent State University

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