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Reaching College Readiness

I was aware of student attributes that need to be nurtured to help students succeed, but this project helped me make these efforts much more intentional and concrete.
– Faculty member from participating institution

Today more high school graduates than ever are enrolling in college. In 2002, a study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) found that 75% of all high school graduates took some college coursework.

However, less than half of the students who entered college directly from high school completed even a minimally defined college preparatory program. This lack of preparation is becoming increasingly prevalent in four-year institutions as well as community and technical colleges.

What does it mean to be college-ready? And why are so few students meeting this standard?

This year-long project, which ran from August 2009 through August 2010, built on the work of the Assessing Learning in Learning Communities project. Faculty teams from five community colleges focused on using integrative learning as a tool for deepening student learning and improving student success in the pre-college curriculum. Faculty combined close examination of David Conley's description of college readiness skills with focused work using the Teaching for Understanding framework (developed through Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), to design integrative assignments and use them in their courses.

This project was funded by the College Spark Washington.

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