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High School to College

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CCRC conducts research on programs and policies designed to prepare high school students for college, including short-term readiness programs as well as college-credit transition programs and vocational pathways.


CCRC examines policies and programs designed to facilitate students’ transition from high school to college. (For CCRC research on developmental education, browse Developmental Education and Adult Basic Skills.)

Colleges and school districts have embraced dual enrollment as a strategy for improving college outcomes for students, including underprepared and disadvantaged students. CCRC studies how these programs, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, impact college enrollment, persistence, and performance.

A number of federal and state policies are designed to create seamless vocational pathways from high school through college and into the workforce. How can these pathways be implemented and enhanced to increase student success?

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Featured Publication

Reshaping the College Transition: Early College Readiness Assessments and Transition Curricula in Four States

Based on interviews with stakeholders in California, New York, Tennessee, and West Virginia, this report compares initiatives in these states related to early college readiness assessments and transition curricula.

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