Popular conceptions of college and career readiness are growing beyond strictly academic competencies such as literacy and numeracy. New thinking on the many dimensions of preparedness has produced volumes of research and scores of new products, making the process for educators and employers to focus on the readiness paradigms that suit their needs very difficult. This paper attempts to clarify the readiness landscape.
How many students have you or a colleague helped get into college with a good financial aid package only to discover later that they never enrolled? Unfortunately, every year, thousands of 12th graders finish high school excited about going to college, only to fall off track. This is especially common among those whose families have little to no experience navigating the final steps they must take to matriculate.
This report addresses the challenges that face at-risk students who are the first in their family to attend college. The authors examine the constraints on college success for low-income, first-generation students and how colleges can promote success for this population. Recommendations include improving academic preparation for college, providing more financial support, and easing the transition to college through targeted on-campus programming.