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.
Lack of State Data Hinders College Success
A national effort called the Data Quality Campaign encourages states to develop high quality longitudinal data systems on a p-16 basis. They have ten fundemental elements for a statewide data system and stress student level college readiness
test scores, high school transcripts for each student, and the ability to match student records between k-12 and higher education systems. Unfortunately, only Florida has all ten elements. The bigest state, California, does not even have individual student records for any level of p-16. Texas is making big progress and may meet the ten elements in a few years.
We cannot understand and solve poor college completion
and college preparation
without solid longitudinal data. More urgency needs to be given to the existing gaps. See http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/
to see the problem state by state.
Labels: College Completion, College Preparation, College Success