– Ryan Gildersleeve, director of the UT Arlington Center for K-16 Education
Policy and Research and an associate professor in the College of
Education and Health Professions, has
been recognized by the National Association for College Admission Counseling
with the John B. Muir Editor Award for his research into the college access and
“Educational opportunity is a fundamental
concern of contemporary society,” Gildersleeve said. “It has implications for
who gets to participate in democracy, how, and under what conditions.”
who joined the University this year, is one of two educators honored during the
67th annual NACAC conference in New Orleans last month.
year, the Muir Award recognizes an author who has made the most significant
contribution to NACAC’s Journal of
College Admission during the past year.
article, “Access Between and Beyond Borders: A Life History of an Undocumented
College Applicant,” published in the winter 2010 journal, uses a life history
method to illustrate the college admission process for undocumented students.
His research focuses on the social contexts of educational opportunity for
historically marginalized groups.
on immigrant communities’ struggles in education contributes to a long-standing
tradition of exploring how education can produce while simultaneously reflect
opportunities and inequities in the American democratic project,” Gildersleeve
article demonstrates how students’ social contexts – for example, schooling,
family, migration, and labor – influence their college choice processes and
participation in the broader project of college-going.
claims that if admission officers and college counselors want to increase
college opportunities for undocumented students, they must increase their
understanding of the pre-college contexts from which undocumented students
struggle to persist. The life history narratives presented begin that training
process, noting key moments in the college-going process.
Hyle, chairwoman of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, commended
is working to increase understandings about the continuum of education and ways
in which those understandings influence student and institutional success,”
Hyle said. “This research is directly linked with the Center for K-16 Education
Policy and Research agenda and other initiatives of Center Faculty Associates.”
National Association for College Admission Counseling advocates and supports
ethical and professional practice in helping students transition to
postsecondary education. NACAC promotes high professional standards and social
responsibility through collaboration, knowledge and education.
www.nacacnet.org for more information
about the organization and the award winners.
work is representative of the research under way at The University of Texas
at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of 33,449 students in
the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.