According to the Educational Policy Improvement Center, college readiness ensures that a student is able to enter a college classroom without remediation and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. In order for a student to be considered college ready, content knowledge and behaviors must be acquired prior to advancing from high school. The core areas of college readiness include students having strong intellectual growth fostered by increasingly challenging content in the core subjects of English, mathematics, science and social studies.
Students must be able to:
Critically think and problem
solve in the context of a continuously changing set of circumstances and
· Have the capacity to
communicate effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural and
College readiness also includes some
of the “softer skills” that students must have. According to
David Conley, college readiness is, “the degree to which previous educational
and personal experiences have equipped students for the expectations and
demands they will encounter in college.”
College Readiness Soft Skills include:
College students are expected to understand that they are held accountable for their actions in
academic, personal and social contexts.
- Self management Self management includes all
aspects of taking control of one's life including monitoring health,
eating habits, self care, laundry, and finances. Managing your own
life on your own is an important step toward self reliance and success.
- Communication Students will need to learn
to communicate effectively with other students, roommates, and faculty
- Teamwork and collaboration Working effectively with
others is increasingly important in today’s world. Students will be
expected to complete many projects as part of a group or team.
- Study Skills Students must be able to
organize work, read carefully, prepare for tests and plan and write
- Comfort with Technology Technology is not only continuing to be a
growing presence in all of our lives, but is increasingly becoming a
standard tool in many college classes. Students will need skills and
comfort beyond surfing the internet. Students must be comfortable with online research, e-mail communication, and various
- Tolerate Ambiguity Not everything taught or learned
in college is black and white, or crystal clear. Students who are
better able to understand and work in a “gray” area will be less
uncomfortable and will be able to understand subtleties better.
- Comfort with Diversity Students will be exposed to many
different types of people and many different ways of living, thinking and
being. Students who have some intercultural competence or who are
open to new people will benefit most from the college experience.
- Ability to work Independently
Students will be required
to do larger blocks of work on their own and to keep track of work and
responsibilities. Students who are used to working on their own and
keeping track of their own work will be better armed for a college
- Ability to Follow Directions Students need to be able to follow both simple and more
complex directions. Instructions about how to do an assignment may
be very specific, deadlines will matter, and students will need to be able
to “play by the rules”.
- Have Personal Goals Some studies have suggested
that students who have strong personal goals, even if those goals change
over time, are better able to be engaged and stay on track.
- Be Engaged Students who participate
actively in their own education, who expect to work hard and stay
involved, will not only learn more and do better in their classes, but
will also have a more satisfying experience overall.