ERIC Number: EJ792648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
College Ready New England: Regional Collaboration Explores Models for Readiness and Success
Thomas, Michael K.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v20 n4 p21-22 Win 2006
The New England states face several challenges that test their ability to compete. These include ongoing economic globalization and technological change, the continued decline of traditional industries and slow labor force growth. Further, the region is aging and will experience low overall population growth, with increases occurring primarily among minority and immigrant populations whose postsecondary participation has been historically low. Adding to that mix a projected decline in the annual supply of high school graduates beginning in 2008 and the highest-in-the-nation college prices focuses the region-wide concern about whether New England will continue to have enough individuals with skills and credentials to compete in the global economy. In 2003, a gathering of concerned New Englanders--representing business, K-12 and postsecondary education, government and a variety of nonprofit organizations--created the region-wide initiative called the College Ready New England (CRNE) P-16 Alliance, whose development has been supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. CRNE leaders spent much of 2005 charting initiatives to ensure that all New England students leave high school well-prepared for postsecondary success and to improve the college attendance and completion rates of underrepresented students, particularly low-income and minority students and first-generation college-goers. In this process, CRNE participants have looked closely at the six New England states and across the country to inform their work and find tested and cutting-edge practices, policies and programs to increase college readiness and success. From this, an integrated framework for pursuing statewide and region-wide initiatives has emerged.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Attainment, College Attendance, High School Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Competition, Regional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Goal Orientation, College Preparation, Attitude Change, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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