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College and Career Readiness


College and Career Readiness

  • In today’s knowledge economy, postsecondary education is both more valued and more necessary than ever before. Achieving national attainment and economic goals will require that all high school graduates (including GED and other high equivalency holders) are properly prepared for at least some postsecondary education and/or training. Efforts are underway nationally aimed at elevating high school graduates’ readiness for postsecondary education and improve their job prospects.
  • Being college- or career-ready means that a high school graduate has the English and math knowledge and skills needed to succeed in credit-bearing courses in a college or university or in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. technical/vocational program, community college, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training).

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    October 29, 2015

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on GEDWorks

    The establishment of GEDWorks™ and the partnership between GED Testing Service and some of the nation’s largest employers marks a significant step toward our goal of expanding the pipeline of adult learners equipped to compete in today’s global economy.

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    December 22, 2014

    Letter to Higher Ed for Higher Standards

    Letter to Higher Ed for Higher Standards in support of the implementation of rigorous K-12 state academic standards.

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    September 4, 2014

    Capitol Hill Event Addresses Accountability and Minority-Serving Institutions, Students

    Scholars scrutinized the impact of the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings plan and other policies on minority-serving institutions and minority students Tuesday at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project and cosponsored by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, among others.

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    August 29, 2012

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    New College Access KnowHow2GO PSAs to Debut at US Open

    The Ad Council, in partnership with ACE and the U.S. Tennis Association, will debut new TV public service advertisements (PSAs) at the US Open today on behalf of the national KnowHow2GO campaign designed to encourage low-income and first generation students to take the steps necessary to prepare for college.

  • January 18, 2011

    New Issue Brief Available on Implementing Common Core State Standards

    ACE, Achieve and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) today released Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education. The brief calls on the higher education community to actively participate as new state standards are implemented for English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.

  • Addressing Culture and Climate to Increase Diversity in STEM Disciplines

    Despite large investments in science diversity programs, minoritized populations remain underrepresented in STEM fields. Closing the gap requires addressing both STEM culture and institutional climate, says University of Maryland's Kimberly Griffin.

  • A Dream Undone?

    A historic survey study of admissions and enrollment management leaders at four-year nonprofit, non-open-access institutions from around the country

  • A Dream Undone: Biographies

    Biographies for the A Dream Undone project

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    Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students

    This research brief is the second in a series of four exploring outcomes of recent high school graduates who begin their postsecondary education in the community college sector. In this brief, the author identifies factors likely to predict whether or not students will earn a credit-based sub-baccalaureate certificate, associate degree, and/or bachelor's degree.

  • Rankings, Institutional Behavior, and College and University Choice: Framing the National Dialogue on Obama’s Ratings Plan

    This issue brief discusses the role of rankings in how students select an institution. Newly available data from the University of California, Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute shows that national rankings are not a driving factor in student decisions, and are even less relevant for students from low-income backgrounds. More salient sources of information include family involvement and encouragement, peer and other networks, and school- and higher education institution-based resources, including those that are semi-customized.