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ERIC Number: ED542017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Readiness Matters: The Impact of College Readiness on College Persistence and Degree Completion. Policy Report
ACT, Inc.
Today, a majority of high school graduates aspire to earn a college degree, and yet only 68% of them immediately enroll in a two-or four-year postsecondary institution after completing high school. Even among students who do enroll in college many of them fail to complete a degree--only about 60% of students at four-year institutions complete a bachelor's degree within six years of initially enrolling, and degree completion rates at two-year institutions are even worse. States, districts, and schools are looking for solutions to help improve the college and career readiness of their high school graduates. In this report, the authors examine the impact of college readiness on students' likelihood of persisting in college and completing a degree. This issue is examined from the following four angles: (1) The effects that high school academic preparation has on students' chances of long-term college success; (2) The benefits of using multiple measures of readiness to inform the likelihood of students persisting and succeeding in college; (3) The extent to which college readiness reduces gaps in college success rates among racial/ethnic and family income groups; and (4) The positive role that early monitoring of college and career readiness plays in increasing the likelihood that students will persist in college and complete a degree. (Contains 27 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.