Community Colleges Announce Effort to Close Preparation Gap
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) joined with Higher Ed
Higher Standards to announce a new partnership to increase college readiness. The initiative will encourage community colleges to embrace the new college- and career-ready standards and assessments most states have adopted and work with their local high schools to use the data from those assessments to provide supports, interventions, and accelerated pathways
released at the ACCT Leadership Congress meeting in San Diego, ACCT President Noah Brown and AACC President Walter Bumphus urged community college leaders across the country to get more engaged in efforts to raise K-12 standards because of their potential to improve college readiness and success.
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Here's an excerpt from the ACCT/AACC statement:
"We applaud states that have made great strides over the past several years in implementing more challenging K-12 standards designed to prepare students for success in college and careers. This work holds tremendous potential for increasing the number of students who arrive in our colleges and businesses prepared for success... Providing remediation to 50 percent or more of entering students is a tremendous strain on resources... ACCT, AACC, and Higher Ed
for Higher Standards are collaborating to promote and support strong partnerships between community colleges and high schools to help them leverage the more ambitious K-12 standards and assessments to increase students' college readiness... The community college sector has been talking about the remediation challenge for a long time. Now, we are taking meaningful and actionable steps to do something about it."