Friday, June 12, 2015

Student Voice Team Investigates College Success

Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success brings new insight from the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, seeking reasons for Kentucky's low college graduation rates by working both with experts and with fellow students across the state.  The report identifies three major barriers to college completion:
  • The Birthright Lottery: students’ family backgrounds and regional limitations can make college-going easy or hard, in ways that aren't really about their individual potential.
  • Veiled College Costs: some students can pay for coaching on college applications and activities that make them stronger applicants, while others without the family resources for those opportunities are behind before they even start.
  • College and Career Unreadiness: many students miss the habits and abilities that can be even more important than ACT scores in  supporting college completion.
Together, the young Kentuckians who developed the report have made the case that our state needs to engage postsecondary challenges with the same seriousness we have brought to K-12 readiness and completion issues.  Do check out their argument, and do join the conversation they urge us to begin!

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