College Readiness Initiative

State
Texas
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Access
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep

Overview

The College Readiness Initiative was undertaken in 2005 to address the need to increase the number of high school graduates who meet the Texas Success Initiative standards upon entry into college and who place into college level courses (avoiding the need for remediation). Research to date has revealed that the primary reason high school students do not place into college level courses upon entrance into higher education has more to do with a lack of understanding of the importance of and reason for the placement test (Accuplacer) and a lack of preparation for the test, than it does a lack of preparation through the high school curriculum.

The College addresses college readiness from two perspectives: (1) while the student is still in high school, and (2) when the student arrives on one of our campuses.

Program Description

The College Readiness Initiative was undertaken to address the need to increase the number of high school graduates who meet the Texas Success Initiative standards upon entry into college and who place into college level courses (avoiding the need for remediation).

Outcome

For Fall 2011, 49 percent of students taking the Accuplacer tested college ready in math. For reading, 64 percent of the student tested college ready. Finally, for writing, 69 percent achieved college ready placement. From 2003 to 2012, fewer students are placing into developmental education areas. Based on Fall 2012 data, 21 percent of students placed into one area of development education; 17 percent in two areas, and 28 percentĀ in all three developmental areas. This is true in all three areas: math, reading and writing. From 2001 to 2010, the number of students graduating increased by 145 percent, while during this same time period the enrollment only increased by 68 percent.