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ERIC Number: EJ824814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Rethinking College Readiness
Conley, David T.
New Directions for Higher Education, n144 p3-13 Win 2008
The likelihood that students will make a successful transition to the college environment is often a function of their readiness--the degree to which previous educational and personal experiences have equipped them for the expectations and demands they will encounter in college. A key problem is that the current measures of college preparation are limited in their ability to communicate to students and educators the true range of what students must do to be fully ready to succeed in college. This chapter presents a broader, more comprehensive conception of college readiness built on four facets: (1) key cognitive strategies; (2) key content knowledge; (3) academic behaviors; and (4) contextual skills and knowledge. By adopting the four-part conception of college readiness, high schools and colleges can use the same language to communicate what it takes for students to be ready for postsecondary education. The advantages and importance of greater agreement on what constitutes college readiness are apparent at a time when an ever-increasing proportion of high school students are choosing to go to college. Making certain that they are not just eligible but prepared will help students achieve their goals and help colleges function more effectively. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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