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College and Career Readiness


Next Generation Learning Challenges Innovation Briefs
A new publication series written by IHELP and funded and published by EDUCAUSE looks at the strategies and tools used by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant recipients to implement their new "breakthrough model" schools. NGLC is an initiative to improve postsecondary readiness and completion by identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to secondary and postsecondary education, especially for low-income students.

Next Gen Tools: E3 Civic High School
April 2014
This third brief highlights e3 Civic High School’s adaptable facility infrastructure that supports the school's personalized learning and collaborative, project-based curriculum. The goal of this model is to encourage independence and flexibility in learning so students learn in any setting and at any time.

Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction
March 2014
This first brief highlights a free online-based learning platform co-developed by Summit Public Schools, Illuminate Education, and the Girard Education Foundation. It integrates curricula with assessments, enabling students to progress at their own pace.

Next Gen Tools: CFA Learning Environment
March 2014
This second brief highlights College for America’s comprehensive platform that tracks learning and degree progress and provides data management and analytics.

Strategies for Improving Higher Education in California: Some Lessons from Florida for California's Higher Education Policy
March 2010
This policy brief, sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, examines the public higher education policies and practices of the state of Florida in order to determine possible lessons for California in its efforts to increase student success and degree completion. Florida was chosen for evaluation due to its large and diverse higher education system, the importance of community colleges in its higher education system, and its participation in national projects and education reform efforts. While Florida still faces significant challenges, some of the state’s policy approaches for public higher education warrant consideration in California’s quest for improvement, specifically the comprehensive student data system, policies related to student transfer from community colleges, statewide Career Technical Education program standards, and standardized policies for assessment, placement and remediation.

Moving Forward: Increasing Latino Enrollment in California's Public Universities
November, 2007
This report examines issues of UC/CSU eligibility among under-represented minority high school students, with a specific focus on the growing Latino population. The report describes a simple model that can be used to estimate the impact of eligibility increases among Latinos. (click here to see the model)

Latinos and Higher Education
A statewide profile prepared by the Campaign for College Opportunity looks at the college-going rates and completion rates for Latino students in California. The profile highlights the declining enrollment and low completion rates for Hispanic students despite the rapidly growing Latino population. The report cited data from the IHELP report, Divided We Fail: Improving Completion & Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges.

Blacks and Higher Education - A statewide profile prepared by the Campaign for College Opportunity looks at the college-going rates and completion rates for African American students in California. The profile highlights the declining enrollment, low completion rates and high rates of transfer out of state and to for-profit colleges for African American students, especially in comparison with White, Asian Pacific Islander and Latino students. The report cited data from the IHELP report, Divided We Fail: Improving Completion & Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges.

Prerequisite Policy in the California Community Colleges
July 2010
This two-page brief written by IHELP Director Nancy Shulock examines proposed changes to prerequisite policy in the California Community Colleges. The brief discusses the challenges faced by the CCC regarding under-prepared students and the current trends in other states to increase the success of under-prepared students. A written statement containing this information was presented to the CCC Board of Governors

Beyond the Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy
June 2010
This policy brief, jointly produced by the Southern Regional Education Board and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, examines the college readiness problem and offers recommendations to help government and educational leaders strengthen their efforts to lessen the college readiness gap. IHELP Director Nancy Shulock participated in the workgroup that produced the report, which analyzes the causes of the college readiness gap and discusses how states could better address the problem. The brief recommends specific policy changes and offers state leaders a model college readiness agenda consisting of state-wide college readiness standards developed and adopted jointly by P-12 and postsecondary education. It describes assessment, placement, curricular, teacher development, and accountability practices carefully designed to reflect and implement the standards.

States, Schools, and Colleges - Policies to Improve Student Readiness for College and Strengthen Coordination Between Schools and Colleges
November 2009
This recent report published by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education draws attention to the need for better coordination and cooperation between K-12 and postsecondary education in order to improve college readiness and college completion in the nation.  Part I of the report provides an historical and national overview of the P-16 alignment challenge and efforts to increase the college readiness of high school graduates.  Part II, written by IHELP director Nancy Shulock, examines, through three state case studies, the effectiveness of P-16/P-20 councils as mechanisms to bridge the divide between high schools and colleges and increase college readiness and success.

Draft Case Studies on P-16/P-20 Councils:
Arizona Case Study
Kentucky Case Study
Rhode Island Case Study
Cross-State Analysis

April, 2009
These papers examine the experiences of several states that have used P-16 /P-20 Councils as a means of bridging the governance divide between K-12 and postsecondary education.