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From high school to college : improving opportunities for success in postsecondary education
Kirst, Michael W.
First edition.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

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xii, 424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bridging the great divide : how the K-12 and post-secondary split hurts students, and what can be done about it / Michael W. Kirst, Kathy Reeves Bracco -- Working toward K-16 coherence in California / Anthony Lising Antonio, Samuel H. Bersola -- K-16 turmoil in Texas / Andrea Venezia -- Roadblocks to effective K-16 reform in Illinois / Betty Merchant -- Oregon's K-16 reforms : a blueprint for change? / Andrea Conklin Bueschel, Andrea Venezia -- Georgia's P-16 reforms and the promise of a seamless system / Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Lisa M. Jones, James C. Hearn -- K-16 reform in Maryland : the first steps / Heinrich Mintrop ... [et al.] -- The missing link : the role of community colleges in the transition between high school and college / Andrea Conklin Bueschel -- What have we learned and where do we go next? / Michael W. Kirst, Andrea Venezia, Anthony Lising Antonio.
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LC89 .F76 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In From High School to College educational policy experts Michael W. Kirst, Andrea Venezia, and their contributors reveal why so many students are entering college unprepared for college level work and often unable to complete a degree. This important book presents the findings of the Bridge Project¾a major national research study conducted by Stanford University and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Education. The researchers examined the fit between what high schools were doing to prepare students for college admissions and course work, and what colleges considered when admitting and placing incoming freshman. Based on hundreds of interviews with teachers and counselors, thousands of surveys with students and parents, and a thorough examination of the policies and practices in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Texas, From High School to College offers recommendations for bridging the gap between high school and college and for improving college admission and graduation rates.

Author Notes

Michael W. Kirst is professor of education and business administration at Stanford University. He is a prolific author and the co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education, a California state education policy research group funded by the Hewlett Foundation. He is a member of the management and research staff of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.
Andrea Venezia is Senior Policy Consultant and Project Director at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Prior to joining the National Center, she directed K--16 projects in the Stanford Institute for Higher Education, including the Bridge Project.

Table of Contents

Michael W. Kirst and Kathy Reeves BraccoAnthony Lising Antonio and Samuel H. BersolaAndrea VeneziaBetty MerchantAndrea Conklin Bueschel and Andrea VeneziaCaroline Sotello Viernes Turner and Lisa M. Jones and James C. HearnHeinrich Mintrop and Toby H. Milton and Frank A. Schmidtlein and Ann Merck MacLellanAndrea Conklin BueschelMichael W. Kirst and Andrea Venezia and Anthony Lising Antonio
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. Bridging the Great Divide: How the K-12 and Postsecondary Split Hurts Students, and What Can Be Done About Itp. 1
2. Working Toward K-16 Coherence in Californiap. 31
3. K-16 Turmoil in Texasp. 77
4. Roadblocks to Effective K-16 Reform in Illinoisp. 115
5. Oregon's K-16 Reforms: A Blueprint for Change?p. 151
6. Georgia's P-16 Reforms and the Promise of a Seamless Systemp. 183
7. K-16 Reform in Maryland: The First Stepsp. 220
8. The Missing Link: The Role of Community Colleges in the Transition Between High School and Collegep. 252
9. What Have We Learned, and Where Do We Go Next?p. 285
Appendix A Research Design and Methodologyp. 321
Appendix B RAND Datap. 325
The Authorsp. 393
Indexp. 399