Omari Scott Simmons presents Potential on the Periphery: College Access from the Ground Up

This book profiles the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a grassroots non-profit organization co-founded by Omari Scott Simmons, that promotes college access for vulnerable students. Simmons discusses how the organization has helped students secure admission and succeed in college, using this example to contextualize the broader realm of existing education practice, academic theory, and public policy.

"Simmons provides families and educators with valuable information on effective practices involving both access to college and academic success. His analysis includes practical suggestions and a substantial review of the literature, along with policy recommendations and actual solutions. Most importantly, he brings first-hand experience in working with students throughout their higher education experiences, and he inspires us with their stories."--Freeman A. Hrabowski, III "president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

"The brilliantly told story of a mentoring program, launched and sustained by an African-American family, which nourishes access and success in college for first-generation, low-income youths of all races. This is a playbook to study for social scientific and practical answers."--Joseph A. Soares "author of The Power of Privilege: Yale and America's Elite Colleges 

Omari Scott Simmons is the Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law and the director of the Business Law Program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation.

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ISBN: 9780813592879
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Published: Rutgers University Press - December 12th, 2018