This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education offers a good overview of the fundamental causes of and solutions for the lack of college preparation
The opinion piece by Michael Cohen et al entitled A Coordinated Effort to Prepare Students for College
stresses that high schools cannot solve under preparation alone. They need help from postsecondary education through a joint effort.
Inadequate college preparedness
is particularly acute for first- generation students who lack college support
, particularly from family. Often these students must work and consequently have a time management problem. They attend community colleges and do not stay in school year round.
Fortunately, there are foundation initiatives to help secondary schools and colleges work together. The Lumina Foundation is funding Achieving the Dream that will help build student commitment to learning and overcome bad predictors for college completion
. The Ford Foundation has a new venture Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative that focuses upon family support and adult learners. Finally, the Met Life Foundation Initiative on Student Success has recognized sixteen community colleges that have succeeded with first generation students, overcome low-completion student predictors, and improved time management.
Both high school and colleges must work together to significantly enhance the academic preparation
and commitment to learning of future and current college students.
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