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Educating the Whole Child College Readiness vs. College Preparedness Krista Dornbush National Consultant, Mentor and Trainer College Board Fountain Valley.

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1 Educating the Whole Child College Readiness vs. College Preparedness Krista Dornbush National Consultant, Mentor and Trainer College Board Fountain Valley High Social Studies Instructor

2 Topics for tonight What we have done well. What does the data show? What is College Readiness? The role of parents now and while the child is in college.

3 What we have done well Academic Preparedness AP courses SAT/ACT Scores College is important Diverse Opportunities Outside of Classroom Extra curricular activities Sports Volunteer work

4 What does the data show? Twelve of the 20 fastest growing professions require an associate degree or higher, and all of the 71 jobs projected to grow by 20 percent or more require some college, with most requiring one or more college degrees (Bureau of Labor Statistics; Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008). Adults with college degrees out earn their non- College Degree holding peers by more than $300,000 over a lifetime and are employed at rates 50% higher than those same peers.

5 56% of students entering the college or university in 2001 graduated within six-years 44% of those remaining students never completed their degree 54% of first generation college students require at least one remediation course 26.6% of students with college educated parents need remediation Students needing remediation have a graduation rate that varies between 30 – 57% Why is remediation a problem?

6 What is College Readiness? A College Ready Student Is able to understand what is expected in a college course Can cope with the content knowledge that is presented Can take away from the course the key intellectual lessons the course was designed to convey Is prepared to get the most out of the college experience Understands the culture and structure of postsecondary education Has a grasp of the ways of knowing and intellectual norms of the academic and social environment

7 College IS different from high school! College can be a great culture shock to freshmen Financial aid or other financial responsibilities Time management Self-monitoring Making choices Communicating with parents, instructors and peers Students are expected to behave like adults, not large children Instruction is different Professors will emphasize analysis, making inferences, and other higher level thinking skills Expectations of reading and writing in short periods of time Self-directed and self-monitored learning Relationships between teacher and student (extra credit example)

8 Key Components of a College Ready Student Key Cognitive Strategies Intellectual Openness Inquisitiveness Ability to analyze Sound reasoning, argumentation and proof Interpretation Precision and accuracy Problem Solving

9 Academic Knowledge and Skills Writes well Can research Can read and understand a variety of texts, large and varied vocabulary, can self-monitor and self-correct misunderstandings Knows when and what strategies to apply to solve a problem

10 Academic Behaviors Self-awareness Self-monitoring Self-control Contextual Skills and Awareness Understanding how college operates as a system and a culture Admission requirements and deadlines Choosing the “right” college

11 The role of parents now and while the child is in college Start planning now! Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Help build opportunities to grow and learn. Allow them to fail or make mistakes. Visit a variety of college and university campuses. Be realistic about financial constraints. Help direct your child to success by building on their passions and strengths. 30% of college freshmen surveyed last year wanted more parental involvement in their college life

12 References Redefining College Readiness by David T. Conley, eReadiness.pdf eReadiness.pdf Admissions in the 21 st Century completion/admissions-21st-century completion/admissions-21st-century College Board Research research/trends research/trends


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