Missouri schools work to keep students on track for college

ST. LOUIS – Missouri high schools and universities are working to ensure students’ college plans remain on course.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an estimated 200,000 students nationally experience “summer melt,” a term that means they’re derailed before arriving to college.

University of Pittsburgh professor Lindsay Page has studied the phenomenon for a decade. She says low-income and first-generation students disproportionately experience summer melt.

St. Louis Public Schools operated a summer college and career center to help students with transcripts and financial aid issues.

The University of Missouri holds a two-day campus visit for students and parents. It helps students get enrolled in classes and gives them tips on adjusting to campus life.

Washington University in St. Louis created a program three years ago to help students transition.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com