Institutional programs must assist students in acquiring the appropriate social and cultural capital needed for success within the dominant culture of the academy. Cultural capital is the distinctive cultural knowledge (e.g. how to apply for financial aid, what is meant by office hours) that equips one to succeed in a particular environment, e.g. higher education. Social capital refers to the people and resources one has available to support an endeavor, e.g. parents who have been to college.
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