College-Ready or Not? Preparing High School Students for Success

Monday, July 19, 2010 -
9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, NYC
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, NYC
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A Philanthropy Connects program presented by the Donors’ Education Collaborative (DEC) and the Public Education Grantmakers Network (PEGNET). 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This session is for all funders who are interested in strategies and reform that create improvement in access to and success in college.

In 2008, more than 70% of the recent public school graduates who entered one of CUNY’s  (City University of New York) community colleges had to take remedial coursework.  Far fewer than half of the City’s public high school graduates had taken the math classes necessary to start college “even” – without the “remediation” that delays receipt of college credits.  Sadly, while these statistics are dismal, they are not unique to New York City.  Throughout the country, college-going and graduation rates have become a source of concern and debate.  Policymakers, educators, businesspeople, and researchers are asking,

How high schools can better prepare students to enter and complete college successfully?

And they are finding some surprising answers.  While ensuring that students take the right classes is one obvious, albeit not so easy to implement, strategy, others less related to academic rigor also may be of value.  For example, actively engaging youth in their schools and communities turns out to be a significant factor in increasing college enrollment.  So does helping families fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Join us for a discussion of college readiness that highlights strategies and reforms that have been shown to improve access to and success in college and how these can be or are being implemented in New York City schools. 


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