This brief discusses the role and responsibility of public universities to provide supports specifically for racial minorities and low-income students, including need-based financial aid, leadership opportunities, and learning communities. In doing so, the brief provides strategies from three public universities that effectively address the barriers of these demographics and improve retention and graduation rates among them.
Education leaders across the nation are working hard to ensure their students successfully transition from high school into postsecondary education. With so many variables to consider, this is no small task. To assist with the process, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) has launched a Blueprint for College Readiness, which includes a 50-state online database to provide guidance and support to those leaders.
No matter what side you’re on in the battle over standards, testing, school choice, or teacher tenure, everybody agrees that kids must leave high school ready for college and careers. State leaders are giving this commitment a lot of thought and are working to define what “college and career ready” means for their students.
This brief discusses the extent to which a lack of sufficient employment skills leads to structural unemployment throughout the country. In doing so, it also attempts to understand why, in a nation full of countless education resources, this “employment skill gap” persists.
This report details the findings from an eight-year, longitudinal impact study of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). The authors introduce ECHSI and provide an overview of Early College High Schools, pointing out that Early College High Schools are unique, offering supports that specifically provide students with a foundation from which to launch their postsecondary career.
This is a cross-post from Ready by 21 authored by Patrick Boyle. Original post date: July 17, 2014. What does it take to get young people ready for life?