History

The College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota was created in 2006, and was initially known as the Consortium for Postsecondary Academic Success.  In January of 2008, the name of the organization was changed to better reflect the consortium’s focus on preparing preK-12 students for higher education.  The consortium staff includes three administrators and one administrative support person. It was originally housed within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and is now part of the College of Education and Human Development.

Today the Consortium has developed a comprehensive strategy for increasing the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education.  That strategy has two key components:

  1. Working to improve student success in the PreK-12 system as it exists today.
  2. Working in partnership with the PreK-12 system to change the system itself—transitioning from an Industrial Age model where few students were prepared for postsecondary education to one in which all students are expected and supported to go beyond a high school diploma.  

To date, the Consortium has engaged educators and students from every corner of the state in efforts to promote and create college readiness in all Minnesota high school graduates. Highlights include: