This paper from EPIC asserts that a new operational definition of college readiness is needed, proposing a shift from a focus on high school coursework, grades and scores on national exams, to a new and more comprehensive conceptualization of college readiness. The author suggests, based on the last two decades of research, that there are several other key components of college success. These include 1) key cognitive strategies, such as analysis, interpretation and reasoning; 2) specific content knowledge, including skills in writing and specific content areas; 3) academic behaviors such as self-monitoring skills and study skills, and 4) contextual skills and awareness. The paper includes resources for measuring these four skill areas as well as suggestions for how both schools and students themselves can foster college readiness using this comprehensive definition.
Redefining College Readiness
Educational Policy Improvement Center