ERIC Number: ED341431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Academic Preparation for College: What We Know and Where We Need To Go.
Research in Developmental Education, v7 n2 1989
Since 1980, efforts to strengthen the academic preparation of students for college have been made on national, regional, state, and local levels. Cited as evidence of a problem in academic preparation have been: (1) the decline in students' college admission test scores in language, study, and computing skills over the past 17 years; (2) low minimum competency test results; (3) the high school dropout and unemployment rates; (4) overly diversified curricula lacking integration of instruction from the high school to college level; and (5) increasingly diverse student bodies with a large number of limited English-speaking students. Specific recommendations from nationwide commissions and public hearings center around articulation, collaboration, standardization, and accountability. A variety of collaborative efforts have already been undertaken, including the exchange of academic personnel; assessment of skills, particularly in writing and mathematics; and concurrent enrollment of high school students in college courses. Besides general high school-college collaboration, prematriculation programs have also been designed for specific groups, including talented students and underprepared or unmotivated students. Research in this field has been concerned primarily with the effectiveness of prematriculation programs, the relationship of standardized tests and high school curriculum, or student attitudes and college expectations. (JMC)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Admission, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Schools, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Remedial Instruction
Center for Developmental Education, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC. Reich Coll. of Education.