ERIC Number: ED237022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-23
Reference Count: N/A
College Admissions and the Transition to Post-Secondary Education. Testimony to the National Commission on Excellence in Education. (Public Hearing, Chicago, Illinois, June 23, 1982).
Kinnison, William A.
Perspectives on college admission and problems of articulation between secondary and postsecondary institutions are addressed by a representative of the American Council on Education's Task Force on Higher Education Issues. It is suggested that there is widespread confusion about what colleges require for admission, and that many high school students do not feel compelled to undertake difficult courses. Problems identified by the task force that are exacerbated by the present lack of school-college interactions include: a decline in students' language, study, and computing skills; an increase in youth unemployment and lack of adaptability to technical careers; a lack of integration of instruction from high school to college levels; the inadequate preparation and shortage of teachers; and insufficient understanding of schools and colleges, which impedes student advising. Tentative task force recommendations are offered for improving the quality of college-school articulation, advancing educational standards, and improving the quality of teacher preparation. It is suggested that higher education leaders take the initiative with state boards of education to consider how high school standards can be advanced and how a college preparatory course of study can be developed to mesh with lower-level college courses. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Task Force on Higher Education Issues.