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Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and K-12. Why Should Higher Ed Care About the Gap?. 14 enter STEM fields. Disconnect between what students are expected to do in college and what they are prepared to do. 6 graduate with STEM degrees. Building the Gap Between HE and K-12.

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    1. Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and K-12

    2. Why Should Higher Ed Care About the Gap? 14 enter STEM fields Disconnect between what students are expected to do in college and what they are prepared to do. 6 graduate with STEM degrees

    3. Building the Gap Between HE and K-12 • Shift from uniform standards (1890), toward differentiation (1920)…and back again (2010) • Evolution of teachers colleges to state colleges • Shift in communitycollege funding & governance • Post WWII growth & isolation of HE governing systems from K-12 systems - reflected in state legislatures • Lack of organizational relationships Kirst et al., 2011

    4. Unintended Outcomes • Misalignment of requirements • Misalignment of skills (technical, critical thinking, computational)

    5. Unintended Outcomes • Misalignment of assessments • Outdated content focus • Excess time, money spent • Lack of career awareness or enthusiasm • Decreased retention and graduation rate

    6. Why Does it Matter? • 30% of students drop out in first yearof college • 50% never graduate • 20-40% of entering freshman needremediation • Students who enter college needingremediation are less likely to graduate • $2.3 BILLION per yearspent on remediation

    7. Who Does this Impact? • Students & families • Higher education • K-12 organizations • Business & industry • Government entities • Population at large • Others?

    8. What is the Role of Higher Ed? • K-12 Teacher Preparation: Licensure • Professional Development • Financial Support: • Grants • Coordinating Legislative Requests • Standards Revision: • Relevant content & practices • Research-based • Alignment • Research & Evaluation: • Education • Inform Policy • Implementation • Assessment: • Relevant content & practices • Research-based • Alignment • Resource: • Content & current ideas • Outreach & informal ed • Technology, equipment, supplies • Diverse Student Support: • Research • Scholarships • Community programs • Academic support • College & Career Guidance: • Information & inspiration • REUs & RETs • Teaching internships

    9. Nationally Recognized Teacher Prep Programs *UTeach is a relatively new model that is exemplary in its recruiting and retention numbers, student outcomes have not yet been determined for the program.

    10. Local Teacher Prep Programs

    11. Thoughts? The responsibility of K-12 institutions should end with college success rather than admission. The responsibility of higher education should begin with K-12 involvement rather than admissions. --Boswell, 2000