Postsecondary Readiness for All

A group of Ramp-Up to Readiness students pose with their teacher Executive Director Kent Pekel presents about the College Readiness Consortium A teacher and student conduct a science experiment together A presentation

The College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota works in partnership with PreK-12 educators and others to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education. The Consortium works to reach that goal through three ongoing initiatives:

  1. Engaging the University
  2. Ramp-Up to Readiness™
  3. State and Regional Policies and Practices

We hope you will share your insights with us over the Web and in person as we work together to make college readiness a reality for every Minnesota student in the years ahead.

Parent Guide

The Consortium has created a resource for parents and families with concrete ways to support their child's development in each of the five areas of college readiness. The Parent's Guide contains helpful information about what parents can do from preschool through high school to guide their students on the path to college.

Download Parent Guide
(English version)
Spanish version
Hmong version
Somali version

Professional development learning opportunities

The Providers of Professional Development Working Group have assembled a list of professional development opportunities for PreK-12 educators sponsored by Twin Cities campus units. Click here to access list.





Research to Practice Brief

The Research to Practice Brief provides school leaders with
information and resources on current Minnesota issues related to closing achievement gaps and preparing students for postsecondary success.
Issue One: English Learners
Issue Two: All Day Kindergarten
Issue Three: School Leadership
Issue Four: Measuring and Reporting Student Achievement
Issue Five: College and Career Readiness


2017-18 CRAG (College Readiness and Achievement Gaps) Talks is a series of casual, one hour events with presentations on research related to college readiness and achievement gaps (reducing disparities) from early childhood through college.

 Each CRAG Talk ends with a discussion around the application of the ideas and connections with other work.

Bring your lunch. Beverages and light snacks will be available.

Speakers for April 12, 2018, noon-1:00, 303 Coffman Memorial Union

Joanna Tzenis: Campus Immersion for Urban 4-H Youth

Bridget Reddan and Jennifer Kunze: Connecting Northrop Field Experiences with Academic Standards

Jamee Yung: The Art of Making Meaning Erin Sugrue: Moral Injury Among Professionals in K-12 Education