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

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

David T. Conley

ISBN: 978-0-787-99675-8

Jan 2008, Jossey-Bass

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.



About the Author.

PART ONE : From the Current System and the High School of Today to an Aligned, Coherent Program.

O N E Understanding the System.

T W O What High School Students Know About College Readiness.

T H R E E The Old and New Criteria for College Success.

F O U R Current Strategies to Increase College Readiness.

F I V E What Does a High School That Prepares Its Students for College Success Look Like?

S I X Designing High Schools for Intellectual Coherence.

PART TWO The First-Year Experience and Beyond.

S E V E N Experiencing Success in the First Year of College.

E I G H T What Really Happens in the First Year of College.

N I N E What We Must Do to Create a System That Prepares Students for College Success.

PART THREE Knowledge and Skills for Success.

T E N Standards for Success.

E L E V E N English Knowledge and Skills.

T W E L V E Mathematics Knowledge and Skills.

T H I R T E E N Natural Sciences Knowledge and Skills.

F O U R T E E N Social Sciences Knowledge and Skills.

F I F T E E N Second Languages Knowledge and Skills.

S I X T E E N Arts Knowledge and Skills.

S E V E N T E E N University Work Samples.

A P P E N D I X A Checklist for College Readiness.

B I B L I O G R A P H Y.

I N D E X.

Parents, and teachers, as well as students who wish to maximize their chance for success when they walk onto a university setting, will want to look at this book. (RoundTableReviews, 05/01/08)
  • Harvard, Stanford, MIT, University of California, University of Illinois, Rutgers, NYU, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin are among the many universities whose input informed this book
  • Recommendations will inform future high school graduation and college admissions requirements, and standardized tests
  • Guidelines cover study skills as well as subject area knowledge
  • The book's findings are supported by the Association of American Universities (AAU), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and are in alignment with The College Board