UNITE is coordinated by the Technology Student Association (TSA), and it provides a precollegiate
summer program for talented high school students.
The result is that resources are increasingly being concentrated in a small set of "elite" institutions that serve students with high precollegiate
This is true for STEM fields in particular, given that advanced and enriching precollegiate
learning opportunities are significantly related to academic and career accomplishments later in life (Wai, Lubinski, Benbow, & Steiger, 2010).
According to Hyde, a faculty member at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales, Louisiana, these assumptions are "based on the absence of studies examining precollegiate
learning, not on the absence of learning itself" (1).
Educators Rising, an evolution of the Future Educators Association[R], is developing standards to backmap professional teaching standards--what teachers need to know and be able to do--into an earlier, precollegiate
stage of teacher recruitment and development.
The latter were self-identified as potentially college-bound given their participation in a precollegiate
Although all of the female participants enrolled in UGMW as STEM degree seekers, their socialization regarding their early social experiences, which Weidman (1987) referred to as precollegiate
experiences, community college, and university experiences, were different.
mathematical aptitude matters as well: math SAT scores predict higher earnings among adults, while verbal SAT scores do not.
JULIE BOKOR is Assistant Director of the Center for Precollegiate
Education and Training at the university of Florida, 331 Yon Hall, Box 112010, Gainesville, FL 32611.
mathematical ability matters as well: math SAT scores predict higher earnings among adults, while verbal SAT scores do not.
The first two constructs are precollegiate
and college experiences, which previous literature suggests contribute to leadership development in undergraduate college students.
With the exception of the post-Sputnik panic, the nation has not directed sufficient funds to the development of STEM talent during the precollegiate