My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Career Education is getting attention as a way to better prepare community college students in secondary school. But the concepts and definitions of carrer education are unclear. Moreover, high school programs do not link to post secondary curriculum in many cases.
The disjuncture also has a deleterious effect on career education college completion
. Career pathways, so vital to a volatile information-based economy, suffer from a lack of direction and commitment to career and technical education. Control is frequently diffused between and among institutions in both K-12 and higher education. Higher education generally is uninterested in vocational education issues with relatively little prestige. The secondary schools, for their part, are preoccupied with traditional academics and pressures to increase test scores in the current high-stakes assessment environment. Without coordinated policy, vocational/technical education will continue to float between K-12 and postsecondary levels, largely ignored except for turf battles between the sectors over which level should get most federal and state vocational categorical funds.ConnectEd
is a good website to find good concepts and designs for career education that provides both vocational skills and solid college preparation.
Labels: College Completion, College Readiness, College Success