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Student Testimonials

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:35 -- Cassandre Alvarado

In a previous blog entry, you heard from faculty, so now we want to share students’ experiences of readiness with you. As described elsewhere on, readiness is about building skills rather than just memorizing content. We can present, again and again, what the research shows about readiness, but that is not as powerful as first-person student testimonials. These quotes from current first-year UT students truly illustrate the challenges students face entering college as well as what readiness really means.

3 Key Ideas about Readiness

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 09:46 -- Cassandre Alvarado

There is a lot of chatter in higher education circles, and beyond, about college readiness, and in each of those conversations the meaning of readiness varies dramatically. For some, readiness refers to students’ preparedness to complete the college search and enrollment process, while others believe readiness amounts to content knowledge in a certain discipline. For the state of Texas, readiness refers to students’ ability to succeed in credit-bearing coursework upon entry into higher education.

Welcome to CRAfT!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 16:54 -- Cassandre Alvarado

Welcome to the CRAfT Blog! As we begin the 2013-2014 school year, students and faculty alike are filled with anticipation and excitement. For students approaching high school graduation, those feelings can be a mixture of joy and apprehension. Some of that apprehension comes from feelings of anxiety about the challenges ahead. “Can I cut it in college?”, “Do I know what I’m doing?”, and “Am I ready for the real world?” are all too familiar refrains from students.

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