College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 28, 2008 - Education - 384 pages
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Although more and more students have the test scores and transcripts to get into college, far too many are struggling once they get there. These students are surprised to find that college coursework demands so much more of them than high school. For the first time, they are asked to think deeply, write extensively, document assertions, solve non-routine problems, apply concepts, and accept unvarnished critiques of their work. College Knowledge confronts this problem by looking at the disconnect between what high schools do and what colleges expect and proposes a solution by identifying what students need to know and be able to do in order to succeed.

The book is based on an extensive three-year project sponsored by the Association of American Universities in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts. This landmark research identified what it takes to succeed in entry-level university courses. Based on the project's findings - and interviews with students, faculty, and staff - this groundbreaking book delineates the cognitive skills and subject area knowledge that college-bound students need to master in order to succeed in today's colleges and universities. These Standards for Success cover the major subject areas of English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, second languages, and the arts.


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From the Current System and the High School of Today to an Aligned
TWO What High School Students Know About College Readiness
THREE The Old and New Criteria for College Success
FOUR Current Strategies to Increase College Readiness
FIVE What Does a High School That Prepares Its Students for College Success Look Like?
SIX Designing High Schools for Intellectual Coherence
PART TWO The FirstYear Experience and Beyond
EIGHT What Really Happens in the First Year of College
NINE What We Must Do to Create a System That Prepares Students for College Success
PART THREE Knowledge and Skills for Success
TWELVE Mathematics Knowledge and Skills
FOURTEEN Social Sciences Knowledge and Skills
SIXTEEN Arts Knowledge and Skills
APPENDIX A Checklist for College Readiness

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David T. Conley is professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon. He served as the developer and executive director of the Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS) for the Oregon University System, and currently conducts studies for the College Board to validate the standards used in the SAT, PSAT, and AP tests.

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