Former Foster Youth in Postsecondary Education

Reaching Higher

  • Jacob P. Gross

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jacob P. Gross
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jacob P. Gross
    Pages 61-88
  4. Jacob P. Gross, Ellen Bara Stolzenberg
    Pages 89-105
  5. Jacob P. Gross, Jennifer Geiger
    Pages 107-132
  6. Jacob P. Gross, Jennifer Geiger
    Pages 133-147
  7. Jacob P. Gross
    Pages 149-159
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 161-168

About this book


“College access, affordability, and completion are critical issues facing American higher education today—especially for students who have been in the foster care system. Based on sound data and smart policy analysis, this book will help high school counselors, social workers, and student affairs professionals better support current and former foster youths. It also identifies promising ways policymakers and college leaders can leverage their influence to equalize educational opportunity.”
Nicholas Hillman, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

“By examining the lives and postsecondary experiences of foster youth, the author sheds light on a marginalized population. As a scholar-practitioner myself, this book is a much needed primer for those who work with college-going foster youth. His work highlights the nuanced and complicated experiences of foster youth when navigating higher education: it unpacks the various challenges they face, the supportive systems that exist, and the necessary work that still needs to be done. As someone who emancipated from the foster care system, I appreciate this work; it is a call to action to (re)shape the discourse of foster youth that is anti-deficit and data driven. This textbook is useful for students and practitioners in higher education, student affairs, and social work.”
Kenyon Lee Whitman, Program Director, Guardian Scholars Program, University of California, Riverside, USA


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jacob P. Gross
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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99458-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99459-8
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