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The Challenge of College Readiness. Getting in AND staying in. The first step to higher education at a four-year college/university is getting accepted.

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The Challenge of College Readiness


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Getting in AND staying in

  • The first step to higher education at a four-year college/university is getting accepted.

  • But the challenge does not stop there. Actually staying in is another obstacle that many students are just not able to overcome.


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Statistics

  • Approximately 35 percent of students who enter college will drop out during the first year.

  • Moreover, according to a report issued by The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group, only 63 percent of students who enroll in a four-year university will earn a degree, and it will take them an average of six years to do so.

  • The other 37 percent will either drop out of college before finishing or else flunk out of their programs of study. (USA Today, 2005).Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/education/college/articles/82378.aspx#ixzz0zKZZVdy7


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6 Main reasons students drop out

  • 1. TOO MUCH FUN

  • 2. NOT JOINING IN

  • 3. ACADEMICALLY UNPREPARED

  • 4. LOW ON FUNDS

  • 5. CHOSE THE WRONG MAJOR

  • 6. FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT

    Read more:

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BTR/is_4_22/ai_845

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College Prepared vs. College Ready

  • What does it take to be accepted into a four-year college/university? (college prepared)

  • What does it take to actually stay in a four-year college/university after you get in?

    (college ready)


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College Prepared

  • rigorous classes (honors, AP)

  • Competitive GPA

  • Extra-curricular activities (sport, club, community service)

  • Student leadership

  • High test scores (SAT and ACT)

  • Personal statement


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College Ready

  • College instructors expect students to:

    • Draw inferences

    • Interpret results

    • Analyze conflicting source documents

    • Support arguments with evidence

    • Solve complex problems

    • Draw conclusions

    • Offer explanations

    • Conduct research

  • College courses also move at a faster pace, often requiring students to read eight or nine books in the same amount of time it took them to read only one in high school

    Read more:

    Conley, David. “The Challenge of College Readiness.” Educational Leadership. April 2007.


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How can you ensure that you are academically READY for college?

  • Learn how to use active, deep reading strategies with all text:

    • Analyze prompts

    • Read strategically

    • Summarize and synthesize source material

    • Read for multiple purposes

  • Marking and charting the text


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