Report calls on US colleges to help prepare students for PSE

October 31, 2012

If US colleges want more of their students to be prepared for the academic challenges of PSE, then those institutions have to play a more direct role in elementary and high school education, recommends a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The report calls on AASCU member institutions to start preparing students as early as preschool, helping children to acquire the building blocks of a successful academic career. And to have the greatest impact, the report states, institutions should focus on areas with high concentrations of poverty, where children are at the greatest disadvantage in academic preparation. The report recommends 4 specific approaches that every AASCU member campus should be involved in: improving teaching-preparing programs, increasing the availability of dual-credit classes; aligning elementary and high school curricula with college expectations; and providing secondary schools with reports on how their graduates are performing in college. AASCU News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Executive Summary