Special Report

Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate

June 9, 2011
  • College & Workforce Readiness Live Event Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate
    Education experts and researchers held a discussion on the “college for all” debate, the value of education alternatives, and more.
    June 7, 2011
    Community college student Chessy Dintruff, center, and her mother, Catalina Dintruff, meetwith an academic adviser during orientation at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. Thestudent saved money by earning an associate degree before enrolling at the university.
    Community college student Chessy Dintruff, center, and her mother, Catalina Dintruff, meet<br>with an academic adviser during orientation at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. The<br>student saved money by earning an associate degree before enrolling at the university.
    Andrew Councill for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness Executive Summary
    This year's Diplomas Count reconsiders the "college for all" movement and examines postsecondary options for students other than a bachelor's degree.
    The Editors, May 31, 2011
    6 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness Data Shed Light on Career Costs and Benefits
    New statistical analyses show that good jobs can still be had with less than a four-year college degree.
    Sarah D. Sparks, May 31, 2011
    9 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness Analysis Finds Graduation Rates Moving Up
    After declining or stagnating for two years, states’ graduation rates are showing strong signs of improvement, Diplomas Count concludes.
    11 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness Sources & Notes
    DEFINING READINESS
    College-readiness definition: State has formal expectations for what students will need to know and be able to do in order to be admitted to state’s two-year and/or four-year institutions and enroll in credit-bearing courses. State approaches to defining college readiness have been classified into the following categories: courses, skills, standards, and tests. Some states’ definitions may include elements that do not fall into categories established for this analysis. EPE Research Center annual state policy survey (2010-11 school year), 2010.
    May 31, 2011
    3 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?
    Diplomas Count uses the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method to calculate high school graduation rates for American public schools.
    May 31, 2011
    1 min read
    Annapolis (Md.) High School seniors Sara Dean, at back, and Yosy Velasquez, right, help staff the distribution of donated prom dresses at their school. Dean and Velasquez are both going to Anne Arundel Community College in the fall. Their school district has close ties with the college, which employs "transition advisers" to work at the high school and explain the college's career pathways and requirements to students.
    Annapolis (Md.) High School seniors Sara Dean, at back, and Yosy Velasquez, right, help staff the distribution of donated prom dresses at their school. Dean and Velasquez are both going to Anne Arundel Community College in the fall. Their school district has close ties with the college, which employs "transition advisers" to work at the high school and explain the college's career pathways and requirements to students.
    Matt Roth for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness Schools Strengthen Counseling on Postsecondary Options
    Pointing students to postsecondary options other than a four-year college is a challenge for already-overworked counselors.
    Mary Ann Zehr, May 31, 2011
    8 min read
    Teacher Joel Buringrud, seated center, watches as students perform a musical pantomime in a class at Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, Calif. The class is part of a career pathway in performing arts created by the district.
    Teacher Joel Buringrud, seated center, watches as students perform a musical pantomime in a class at Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, Calif. The class is part of a career pathway in performing arts created by the district.<br>
    Jamie Rector for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness 'College for All' Campaign Getting a Second Look
    With a lackluster economy and rising college costs, other promising postsecondary pathways are getting new attention.
    Catherine Gewertz, May 31, 2011
    10 min read
    Satwant Singh, a student at Harmony Magnet Academy, works with robotics to stack blocks into a pyramid during a computer class. The engineering pathway at Harmony is one of nine career pathways developed by the Porterville Unified School District to more closely link academics with students’ career interests.
    Satwant Singh, a student at Harmony Magnet Academy, works with robotics to stack blocks into a pyramid during a computer class. The engineering pathway at Harmony is one of nine career pathways developed by the Porterville Unified School District to more closely link academics with students’ career interests.
    Jamie Rector for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness School Network Readies Students for College and Career
    With a program called Linked Learning, some California educators are showing that career training and academics don't have to be mutually exclusive.
    Catherine Gewertz, May 31, 2011
    13 min read
    Ahmed Gellani, a 9th grader at Henry Ford Early College, works at the pharmacy at Henry Ford Health System in Dearborn. Pharmacy assistant is one of 12 medical careers students can pursue at the early college.
    Ahmed Gellani, a 9th grader at Henry Ford Early College, works at the pharmacy at Henry Ford Health System in Dearborn. Pharmacy assistant is one of 12 medical careers students can pursue at the early college.<br>
    Brian Widdis for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness Mich. Early College Builds Pipeline into Health Careers
    At Henry Ford Early College in Dearborn, students get a diploma, a degree, and a leg up on a job in the local health industry.
    Christina A. Samuels, May 31, 2011
    8 min read
    Northern Virginia Community College student Chessy Dintruff, center, seeks help during orientation at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. A community college program prepared her for university study.
    Northern Virginia Community College student Chessy Dintruff, center, seeks help during orientation at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. A community college program prepared her for university study.
    Andrew Councill for Education Week
    College & Workforce Readiness Popularity Offers Challenges for Community Colleges
    On the front lines of the debate over whether four-year colleges are for everyone, community colleges are responding to new opportunities and some vexing problems.
    Caralee J. Adams, May 31, 2011
    11 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness Harsh Spotlight Shines on Fast-Growing For-Profits
    When it comes to the fastest-growing sector of higher education, some experts and federal officials want buyers to beware.
    Caralee J. Adams, May 31, 2011
    5 min read
    Education Graduation Rate Trends 1997-98 to 2007-08
    An interactive map that allows users to explore changes in state graduation rates over the past decade.
    Chienyi Cheri Hung, May 31, 2011
    College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Reform College Counseling for a Stronger K-16 Bridge
    High schools, particularly those serving poor students, face a critical shortage of college counselors, writes Omari Scott Simmons.
    Omari Scott Simmons, May 31, 2011
    4 min read
    College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Untangling the Post-Secondary Education Debate
    Mike Rose argues that there is more to the discussion of preparing students for life beyond high school than the college vs. vocational training debate.
    Mike Rose, May 31, 2011
    5 min read