Only 45% of students enrolled in post-secondary education will earn a bachelor’s degree. This statistic is largely due to the fact that many students are compelled to take remedial coursework in their first two years. Rigorous course work in high school, such as AP and IB, better prepares students for post-secondary education and helps ensure that more students will successfully complete their university degrees. It is essential that higher-education institutions have a robust pipeline of students well prepared for college-level work and equipped with the skills and knowledge to compete and collaborate in a global economy.
The Center for College Readiness provides opportunities for educators and students to understand the importance of college readiness and its implications for post-secondary success while also providing teachers with the skills and strategies they need to better prepare their students for success.
According to the College Board, students take on average 6.2 years to complete a 4-year degree (at an average cost of $18,000 per year) often due to remedial coursework. Thus, when students have the skills necessary to complete their college degrees in 4 years, post-secondary education becomes far more affordable.
Recent research on high school performance shows that large numbers of high school graduates are not adequately prepared for post-secondary education. A 2005 survey of 1,487 recent high school graduates, 400 employers, and 300 college instructors found that:
"In just ten years, more than 60% of all new jobs will require a college education. 1 Currently only 38% of young adults (ages 25-34) have a college degree. 2 Where will our educated work force come from?"
1 Carnevale, T., Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2009. High-growth fields based on national projections of total new and replacement jobs. http://cew.georgetown.edu/research/jobs/79012.html
2 “College degree” means an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), 2008 (from U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample File.) http://www.higheredinfo.org/