Preparing High School Students for College: An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs in Texas

Barnett, Elisabeth; Corrin, William; Nakanishi, Aki; Bork, Rachel Julia Hare; Mitchell, Claire; Sepanik, Susan; Wathington, Heather D.; Pretlow, Joshua; Hustedt, Beth; Edgecombe, Nicole Diane; Gardenhire, Alissa; Clabaugh, Nicole

Nationwide, about 40 percent of college students take at least one remedial course to prepare for college-level coursework (Attewell, Lavin, Domina, and Levey, 2006). One cause of this high rate of remedial enrollment is the misalignment of high school graduation standards and college academic expectations (Callan, Finney, Kirst, Usdan, and Venezia, 2006; Venezia, Kirst, and Antonio, 2003). College readiness partnership programs attempt to address this problem by facilitating students’ transition to college. The current study examines 37 state and local college readiness partnership programs in Texas as well as the partnerships that created these programs. The findings are based on a review of the relevant research and Texas policy literature, analysis of an online scan of college readiness partnership programs in Texas with a web presence, and site visits to high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations in the Houston and Dallas–Fort Worth areas. We define college readiness partnership programs as programmatic interventions co-sponsored by secondary and postsecondary institutions and offered to high school students with the goal of increasing students’ college readiness.


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Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
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April 4, 2014