WSU, school districts discuss college and career readiness
In response to the Kansas Board of Regents strategic plan for Kansas’ higher education system, Foresight 2020, faculty and staff from Wichita State University and local school districts met earlier this month to discuss student preparation for college.
The first goal of Foresight 2020 requires all higher education institutions to have discussions with local schools regarding gaps between preK-12 completion and higher education preparation expectations. In other words, said Richard Muma, the WSU associate provost who planned the meeting, “How can both the preK-12 and the higher education systems work together to assure college and career readiness.”
Pickus emphasized the importance of collaborative relationships between universities and school districts in order for each to have a better understanding of student needs as they move through the education pipeline.
“We can and should continue to learn from each other about all of our students,” Pickus said.
John Burke, Haysville superintendent, added, "This is a great opportunity for WSU administrators and area school administrators to collaborate to create a more seamless transition for students to successfully move from high school to college."
According to meeting facilitator Jim Granada, WSU assistant professor in curriculum and instruction and former administrator in the Austin Independent School District who has studied the issue of college readiness: “Working through the learning gaps together has the opportunity to prepare many more students for post-secondary learning whether that means a university degree or some other form of career training.”
“This kind of partnership with a large number of the area schools and WSU is not uncommon across the U.S., but is a new idea for Kansas that seems right for the times,” Iorio said.
“Going forward, it is hoped that regular meetings will occur with concrete plans emerging that lead to a college and career ready student pipeline,” Pickus said.