The "academic pipeline" is a metaphor that education researchers have used to describe the flow of students from primary schools through higher education. The academic pipeline relates to “vertical articulation,” discussed in Foreign Language Education research to refer to the direction of curricula across levels of schooling.

To what extent does K-12 language education prepare students to transition smoothly to college and higher education opportunities? What evaluative and pedagogical practices within and among schools provide continuity and support for students as they navigate through their academic careers? What factors cause students to "leak out" of the educational system and/or out of language studies?


Linda Harklau, University of Georgia
Lucila Ek, University of Texas at San Antonio
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Texas Women’s University
Rebecca Callahan, The University of Texas at Austin

Moderator: Francis Holt, The University of Texas at San Antonio

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