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ERIC Number: ED567854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Expectations Meet Reality: The Underprepared Student and Community Colleges. 2016 National Report
Center for Community College Student Engagement
Improving college completion is a shared objective of higher education. It is the focus of colleges, foundations, state governments, and the White House. Students have gotten the message--their aspirations are on the rise. But the nation's collective ambition far exceeds today's outcomes. Many students are not attaining their goals. College readiness is at the heart of this disconnect between aspirations and results. If student outcomes are to equal student aspirations, colleges must be more effective in helping underprepared students move into--and successfully complete--college-level work. This 2016 National Report presents innovative strategies that are showing promise-- multiple measures for assessing readiness, corequisite courses, redesigned math, accelerated developmental courses, computer-assisted developmental math, developmental education paired with workplace skills, high school partnerships, and improved preparation for placement tests. Examples of colleges that are having success with these strategies are provided. Along with these ongoing improvement efforts, colleges are encouraged to assess their own data; discuss data with faculty, students, and others; update processes based on new information; and continue to evaluate success over time. In this way, every college, and collectively the nation, can move toward the bold completion goals that will best serve the students.
Center for Community College Student Engagement. 3316 Grandview Street, Austin, TX 78705. Tel: 512-471-6807; Fax: 512-471-4209; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Community College Student Engagement