One Surprising Barrier to College Success: Dense Higher Education Lingo
Andy Johnston, The Hechinger Report
Cluttered with confusing terminology, densely worded academic documents are a surprisingly significant barrier to students—especially students who don’t have college counselors to help them or parents with higher educations.
Some colleges are taking steps to address this issue. Starting this past academic year, the University of Georgia produced a handbook (there’s also an online version) using simple and clear English that was mailed to more than 400 incoming freshmen who were the first in their families to go to college. Also translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese, it includes a glossary of academic terms and acronyms that might be unfamiliar to most new students.