ERIC Number: ED493180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 5
Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different?
For decades it has been a commonly held belief that high school students planning to go to college need to take more rigorous coursework than those going directly into the workforce. Today, however, many employers are convinced that in an expanding global economy, entry-level workers need much the same knowledge and skills as college-going students. Such claims have been based mostly on anecdotal rather than empirical evidence. This research brief examines the relationship between college readiness and workforce readiness by asking the question: Are readiness for college and readiness for work the same, or different? The study results convey an important message to U.S. high school educators and high school students: All high school students should be educated according to a common academic expectation, one that prepares them for both postsecondary education and the workforce. Only then--whether they are among the two-thirds who enter college directly after graduation or those who enter workforce training programs--will they be ready for life after high school. (Contains 5 tables and 4 endnotes.)
Descriptors: High School Students, Entry Workers, Employment Qualifications, Knowledge Level, Job Skills, Academic Achievement, Job Training, College Bound Students, Noncollege Bound Students, College Preparation, Comparative Analysis, Readiness, Expectation, Education Work Relationship
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Web site: http://www.act.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.