MHEC: Blueprint for College Readiness

Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:48

Education leaders across the nation are working hard to improve their students’ success and transition from high school into postsecondary education. With so many variables to consider, this is no small task.

This past fall, the Education Commission of the States launched a Blueprint for College Readiness, which includes an online database to provide guidance and support. 

The Blueprint features a first-of-its-kind analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success.

“Preparing individuals for college level work is critical to their completing their academic programs, so we are pleased that ECS recently tailored the Blueprint document for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact with profiles for each of our member states," said MHEC President Larry Isaak. 

"The depth and breadth of valuable information in the Blueprint for College Readiness is extraordinary,” ECS President Jeremy Anderson said. “In addition to the analysis of the top 10 education policies, the Blueprint provides individual state profiles. In a glance you can now see where states are strong and where opportunities for improvement exist.” The Blueprint is designed to serve as a framework to help K-12 and higher education leaders conceptualize the various education reforms taking place in their states. It unites two driving forces in state and federal policymaking: Improving the college readiness of students preparing to graduate from high school and decreasing the need for remedial education and increasing the number of students who earn a degree or credential.

The Blueprint examines the following policy areas:

  1. High School: College readiness standards, college readiness assessments, graduation requirements and accountability.
  2. Higher Education: Statewide admissions standards, statewide remedial and placement policies, transfer and accountability.
  3. Bridge: Statewide college and career readiness definition, and a data pipeline and process for reporting.

Additionally, this project includes a 50-state analysis exploring the extent to which states are pursuing these policies, along with accompanying resources, technical assistance and an online database — all designed to respond to the unique needs of the states.

For more information on the Blueprint, go to