ERIC Number: ED493061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
What We Must Do to Create a System that Prepares Students for College Success. Policy Perspectives
Conley, David T.
An ever-increasing proportion of high school students in the United States today aspire to graduate from college. Yet statistics indicate that the percentage of college students receiving bachelor's degrees has remained relatively constant over the past 25 years, that it now takes on average 6 years to get a four-year college degree, and that somewhere between 30 percent and 60 percent of students now require remedial education upon entry to college, depending on the type of instruction they attend. Also, over the past 25 years, SAT and ACT scores have risen only slightly in math and have been relatively constant in reading, high school grade point average has gradually risen, and the proportion of students taking college preparatory courses has grown as well. Given these statistics, what must be done to create a more aligned educational system that prepares students for college success? This paper provides secondary and postsecondary educators with a more complete picture of how their efforts at improved alignment may be supported by emerging policy trends, or even eventually compelled by them. This broader perspective can also help educators, administrators, school board members, and others understand why they should be motivated to undertake change in a system that may appear to many to be functioning more or less without significant problems.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, College Preparation, Educational Policy, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), Administrator Role, Student Role, Parent Role, Teacher Role, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.