College Transition Initiative

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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Middle School to High School Transition

A new study reveals that the transition from middle school to high school is crucial in determining the likely hood of a smooth transition from high school to college. Meaning, we need to be thinking about this transition much sooner. Teenagers Overconfident, Underprepared for College: Survey finds alarming gap between college expectations and readiness in middle school students, an article reporting on the study, begins:

"Although a vast majority of American middle school students say they plan on attending college after high school, only one-third of them are aware of what it will take to get there, according to a recent nationwide survey. The National Association of Secondary School Principals and educational association Phi Delta Kappa International collaborated to interview more than 1,800 seventh- and eighth-grade students about their college plans, discovering that an overwhelming 92 percent said they planned on pursuing a college degree. However, 83 percent of those same students knew close to nothing about the classes it would take to graduate - a number that teachers and school administrators nationwide are calling alarming."

You can read the rest of the article here.


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