COLLEGE READINESS: WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW Discussion leader: Dr. Lorretta M. Holloway, Associate Professor of English
Why Good Grades Aren’t Always Good Enough: College Admission Vs. College Ready
Independent Work: High School vs. College
College Faculty Expectations
Thesis-driven essay of 500 words in an hour
Ability to read 30-35 pages of text in an hour
Critical reading not just memorization: analysis, application, evaluation, and questioning
Commitment to coursework shown through habits
Essential College Readiness Habits Time Management Responsibility Accountability Social Awareness
What Parents Can Do Pay attention to what kind of math, English, history, science, and language courses your child takes. What kind of homework and how much is involved? Have your child sign up for courses that require writing and analytical thinking and less multiple choice.
What Parents Can Do Have your child take four years of all core subjects in high school (math, science, English, history, and language*). Help your child learn note taking, study skills, and time management. DO NOT fix everything for them!
What Parents Can Do
Support K-12 Faculty and Staff who are trying to “do the right thing.”
Get knowledge and organize: be aware of the school-to-college report, the new common core, and college retention trends.
Encourage your child to get to know themselves as learners and pay attention to this during the college search