Contact: Mary E. Horgan
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, April 20, 2001– Pace University’s Center for Urban Education recently launched a ListServ aimed at helping home schooled teens and their parents negotiate what may seem like a maze of college admissions processes. Parents, students and school administrators can join the list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The average high school sophomore or junior can rely on a school’s guidance office for information on college admissions requirements,” said Sean Callaway, Director of College Placement at the Center for Urban Education, part of the Pace School of Education, “but there are few reliable resources available for home schooled teens and their parents.”
There are about 1.4 million children in the United States who are home schooled. “The School of Education is interested in the education of all students and their equal access to college,” said Dean Jan McDonald. “We believe that it will provide an important service.”
Callaway, who home schools one of his six children, created the Home School and College Admissions ListServ which is co-sponsored by the School of Education’s Center for Urban Education and by the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.
“Every family has a different reason for home schooling their children, but getting into college is a whole new ball game,” said Mr. Callaway. “A discussion group like this one might help level the playing field and provide these students with a roadmap to their future.”
The list is designed to offer parents who are home schooling a forum in which to pose questions about college entrance rules, requirements, testing and application processes to admissions professionals, and to afford admissions professionals the opportunity to learn about home schooling. Presently there are 500 subscribers of whom 20-25 percent are from colleges and 1-3 percent are from high schools.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.