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College Readiness Partnerships

NCPR is conducting a study to better understand ways that colleges and high schools work together to improve students’ college readiness. In this project, researchers visited colleges and high schools in Dallas and Houston and reviewed websites of relevant initiatives throughout Texas. The project aims to describe and classify the range of college-connected programs and strategies available to help underprepared high school students become college ready. It also will identify one or more promising approaches that can be rigorously tested in future research. This project builds on the DSB research described above and is funded by IES and Houston Endowment.

For more information, contact: Dr. Elisabeth A. Barnett, Senior Research Associate, NCPR, Teachers College, Columbia University: or 212-678-3719. 


Preparing High School Students for College: An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs in Texas.
 By: Elisabeth A. Barnett, William Corrin, Aki Nakanishi, Rachel Hare Bork, Claire Mitchell, and Susan Sepanik, with Heather D. Wathington, Joshua Pretlow, Beth Hustedt, Nikki Edgecombe, Alissa Gardenhire, and Nicole Clabaugh (May 2012).

College readiness partnership programs, co-sponsored by a college and a K-12 organization, are designed to prepare high school students for college-level work. This study examines 37 college readiness partnership programs in Texas and the partnerships that created them, drawing on information from relevant research and Texas policy literature; an online scan of college readiness partnership programs in Texas; and site visits to high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations in the Houston and Dallas–Fort Worth areas. The authors identify key characteristics of college readiness partnerships and programs as well as benefits and challenges associated with their implementation and sustainability. Full Report (PDF) |Executive Summary (PDF) | Download the Brief Version