There’s often a misconception about preparation when students transition from high school to higher education. No matter their GPA, or the number of college prep courses taken, students are often unprepared for higher education and all it entails. Yet, these areas tend to trend in life skills, academic rigor, and retention.
Four-year universities, community colleges, and trade schools are a form of higher education, each requiring different skillsets and abilities. However, one of the variables they share is that students need life skills to accompany their academic skills.
Vendors have a massive opportunity to market life skills with high school curriculum courses and resources. Some might ask, “What do life skills have to do with higher education?” Well, everything. An example of this might be if a student is unprepared to handle their finances; the repercussions of this will inevitably affect their academic performance and potentially their enrollment.
A recent study by College Board looked at college readiness and found that no matter how well the student did in high school, they were not prepared for college-level courses. More than half of the students polled said that college courses were more difficult than expected. Forty-four percent of these students wished they had focused more on math, science, and writing courses in high school to prepare them for higher education better. Studies show that the “work smarter, not harder” approach is needed in the secondary education curriculum. This mindset will help prepare students to continue their studies after high school. STEM and critical thinking opportunities are still very much needed in all K-12 sectors. These types of resources benefit all students in their current level of education while also preparing them for their future.
The “R” word
Retention is crucial for enrollment in higher education. Retention also plays a key role in K-12 education. Retention means many things for all parties involved, including:
Enrollment, attendance, learning opportunities, funding, and success. Vendors have countless opportunities to partner with school districts and higher education institutions to assist with retention efforts.
It is a rigorous academic process that takes preparation and dedication. Proper preparation makes all the difference between success and incompletion. Educators are addressing the problem both in higher education and at the high school level; however, additional resources that parallel college-level education are crucial for student success.