Redefining what it means to be ‘college-ready’

ecampusnews | October 21, 2019

Redefining what it means to be ‘college-ready’
Societal pressures on high school seniors seemingly grow by the year. These days, a student’s level of college and workforce readiness is said to be dependent on their college admission test scores, completing the most rigorous high school classes possible, and obtaining AP credit. But research shows that these are not the sole indicators. ACT recently released a report that claims only 26 percent of 2018 high school graduates were ready for the workforce, but I believe readiness is dictated by so much more than a standardized test score. Related content: Program targets college readiness gap. For example, research from the University of California Berkeley found that high school GPA is the best indicator of grades during freshman year in college as well as college graduation. Of course, I don’t presume that everyone should go to college. When educators say they want students to be “college-ready,” it’s easy to assume we mean a four-year degree. What we really mean is “post-secondary ready.” If an individual wants to earn a family-supporting wage over the course of their work lifetime, they need access to some form of post-secondary education. For example, if their goal is to become a police officer or a firefighter, they’ll have to learn how to move through the ranks. Though college might not be the path for them, they will need to demonstrate proficiency and take coursework. I did a presentation on this topic in southern Illinois and somebody asked, “What if I want to be a family farmer?” Before I could respond, three people piped up, saying that farmers need to understand things like crop rotation, agribusiness, and irrigation. Every profession requires a level of expertise in some niche area. Having access to post-secondary coursework is a way everyone can stay relevant and nimble as an individual who wants to support themselves and possibly a family.

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Colleges and universities everywhere are preparing for a world in which distance learning has become a critical capability and an important differentiator in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While providing a substitute for in-person lectures is important, successful distance learning also means ensuring that students have access to the computing services and applications they need. The ability to deliver a good user experience is essential.

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Colleges and universities everywhere are preparing for a world in which distance learning has become a critical capability and an important differentiator in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While providing a substitute for in-person lectures is important, successful distance learning also means ensuring that students have access to the computing services and applications they need. The ability to deliver a good user experience is essential.

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