College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready

College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready

by David T. Conley
     
 

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Praise for College Knowledge Featuring an Updated Introduction for this paperback edition

"This is not a book of platitudes and generalities. Instead it offers a wealth of intelligent, specific ideas on how to improve American education for all students. And while educators will find the book enlightening, parents and high school students will be interested to

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Praise for College Knowledge Featuring an Updated Introduction for this paperback edition

"This is not a book of platitudes and generalities. Instead it offers a wealth of intelligent, specific ideas on how to improve American education for all students. And while educators will find the book enlightening, parents and high school students will be interested to learn what a genuine 'college prep' program is, how many schools with good reputations fail to provide it, and what they can do to steer their own right course of study."
—Michael Riley, superintendent,Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Washington

"For a number of years, Conley has been researching the problem so many students face once they are at their chosen school of higher education: that they are totally unprepared for the academic demands of their institutions . . . He lays out chapter by chapter what is wrong and how it can be remedied . . . Conley sees this problem being alleviated by strict course of study planning and by educated community volunteers who have the experience and vision to help teens wanting a higher education. This valuable book belongs in every high school library."
—School Library Journal

"The most comprehensive and detailed overview ever published on how to improve secondary school preparation and success for college. Research based insights, practices, and policies for all audiences trying to better connect secondary schools and colleges. Both K-12 and higher education must work together in fundamentally new ways to implement Conley's vision."
—Michael Krist, professor of education andbusiness administration, Stanford University

"Every high school should have a copy of this book on hand to help in designing a curriculum that ensures that all its students will be prepared for and experience success in college. College Knowledge provides a blueprint for what high school students should know and be able to do in order to be successful in college."
—Dawn P. Vaughn, president,American Association of School Librarians

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Parents, and teachers, as well as students who wish to maximize their chance for success when they walk onto a university setting, will want to look at this book. (RoundTableReviews, 05/01/08)
School Library Journal
For a number of years, Conley has been researching the problem so many students face once they are at their chosen school of higher education: that they are totally unprepared for the academic demands of their institutions. He recounts the preparation or lack thereof during the high school years of three college-bound students and makes it clear that there is a difference between college-eligible and college-ready. He lays out chapter by chapter what is wrong and how it can be remedied. Conley's findings include the fact that many of these students are first-generation college-bound so their parents don't know how to help them, and, due to budget cuts, many high schools don't have guidance counselors who can help teens plan their classes in proper preparation for college. Conley sees this problem being alleviated by strict course of study planning and by educated community volunteers who have the experience and vision to help teens wanting a higher education. This valuable book belongs in every high school library.-Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787996758
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
The Jossey-Bass Education Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
356,464
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Relating research to practice, David Conley outlines recommendations to bridge the gap between college eligibility and college readiness that are practical and possible for every school in the country."
—Dr. Kathleen D. Smith, principal, Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, Colorado

"This is an invaluable resource—a practical, research-based book that will help students, their parents, and educators understand what students need to know and be able to do to be ready for the academic demands of college."
—Andrea Venezia, senior policy consultant, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

"This is not a book of platitudes and generalities. Instead it offers a wealth of intelligent, specific ideas on how to improve American education for all students.  And while educators will find the book enlightening, parents and high school students will be interested to learn what a genuine ‘college prep’ program is, how many schools with good reputations fail to provide it, and what they can do to steer their own right course of study."
—Michael Riley, superintendent, Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Washington

"Every high school should have a copy of this book on hand to help in designing a curriculum that ensures that all their students will be prepared for and experience success in college. College Knowledge provides a blueprint for what high school students should know and be able to do in order to be successful in college."
—Dawn P. Vaughn, president, American Association of School Librarians

"David Conley is the leading thinker on connecting high school academic standards and the tests that are increasingly used to measure those standards with the skills and knowledge that university faculty have identified as crucial to the success of students in college and the admissions tests that lie between. College Knowledge is a fundamentally important contribution to linking all of these items together in a coherent, integrated and eminently sensible way."
—Bob Laird, former director of undergraduate admission, University of California, Berkeley

"The most comprehensive and detailed overview ever published on how to improve secondary school preparation and success for college. Research based insights, practices, and policies for all audiences trying to better connect secondary schools and colleges. Both K-12 and higher education must work together in fundamentally new ways to implement Conley's vision."
—Michael W. Kirst, professor of education and business administration, Stanford University; member, management and research staff, Consortium for Policy Research in Education; and codirector, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

Meet the Author

DAVID T. CONLEY is professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon. He served as the developer and executive director of the Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS) for the Oregon University System, and currently conducts studies for the College Board to validate the standards used in the SAT, PSAT, and AP tests. Dr. Conley has 12 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools. He works internationally with governments and education systems in Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

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