College Readiness Initiative
A state-mandated initiative, College Readiness, seeks to ensure that Texas students have the skills to complete successfully at post-secondary institutions the general education core courses exhibiting “best practices.” College Readiness Standards (CRS) have been established for 5 main areas:
- English/Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Cross Disciplinary
A copy of the standards and of pertinent legislation may be accessed at
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An additional resource is the Center for Educational Policy Research. It provides a copy of
Toward aMore Comprehensive Conception of College Readiness by David T. Conley at
Pathways to College Net. This document was prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007. Among the other works authored by Conley and available in the W. I. Dykes Library is
College Knowledge. What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed andWhat We Can Do to Get Them Ready.
College Readiness research suggests multifaceted approaches to foster student success.These include transitional programs (orientations), summer programs, college success programs, course redesign, early interventions, learning communities, supplemental instructors, and partnerships between secondary schools and universities.UHD has implemented all these approaches.