Enhancing readiness

Enhancing readiness


While preparing all students for postsecondary success is a relatively new challenge, a growing body of research shows us what students need to do to be prepared.


In order to move from preparing some of their students for college to preparing all students, schools must be working toward developing a college-going culture.


“The likelihood that students will make a successful transition to the college environment is often a function of their readiness—the degree to which previous educational and personal experiences have equipped them for the expectations and demands they will encounter in college. A key problem is that current measures of college preparation don’t fully get at what it means to be college ready. A new definition and a broader, more comprehensive conception of college readiness are both necessary if more students are to be prepared to go on to college.”

David T. Conley,
Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon