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.

Parent Guide PDF
Download Parent Guide
(English version)
Spanish version
Hmong version
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Minnesotans weigh in on college readiness

The Minnesota Private College Council and the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium have co-sponsored new research into public attitudes about college readiness. Some key findings:

Public opinion in Minnesota on college readiness (536 KB PDF)




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


2015-16 CRAG Talks

This year CRAG Talks include short presentations on recent or ongoing research in this field and end with a discussion around the application of the ideas and connections with other work. This year we will providing a light lunch for attendees and ask for an rsvp to

The final College Readiness and Achievement Gap (CRAG) talk for the school year will be Thursday, March 3 at noon-1:00 p.m, Coffman Union, Room 303. Topics and speakers will be:
Katie Pekel, OLPD: Minnesota Principals Academy
Aria Fiat, Educational Psychology: Dream Track & Measuring the Effectiveness of Non-Profits
Jennifer Kunze, College Readiness Consortium: Ramp-Up to Readiness
Jan Dubinsky, Neuroscience: ":...and Neuroscience was learned by all"

A light lunch is served, so we appreciate RSVPs to Char Greenwald,, for an accurate count.

Contact Julie Sweitzer at if you are interested in speaking at next year's series.