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Student Testimonials, vol. 2

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:26 -- Emily Johnson

Throughout the course of our research on college readiness, the CRAfT team has frequently taken the opportunity to talk with current college students and faculty about what readiness means to them. Last year, we asked first-year Posse students at The University of Texas at Austin what they wish they had known when they entered college and what advice they have for future college students. This year, we asked these same questions of the new first-year Posse cohort.

HB5 College Prep Courses - First Semester Update

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:17 -- Emily Johnson

As most of you know, in 2013, HB5 mandated the creation of college preparatory courses to be offered in high schools for students who do not pass end-of-course exams (EOCs) in mathematics and English/language arts their junior year. These courses require a partnership with an institution of higher education (IHE) and are designed to improve students’ readiness skills prior to entering college and/or the workforce.

Advice for Future College Students

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:05 -- Emily Johnson

Last fall, we asked the first-year Posse Scholars at UT Austin to share their perceptions of readiness with us: What does readiness mean to you? What do you wish you’d known before entering college? We encourage you to read what they said because their thoughts reflect much of what we say regularly about the importance of building skills, not just content knowledge. This fall, we asked these same students (now sophomores) to think on this topic of readiness again.

The State of Readiness in Texas

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:11 -- Emily Johnson

This week’s guest post comes to us from Claudette Jenks, Assistant Director of College Readiness and Success Initiatives with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Note: Beginning September 8, this blog will shift to a monthly schedule, updating every 2nd Tuesday.


Focus on Pedagogy: Adapting CRAs to Your Classroom

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:35 -- Emily Johnson

This is the final installment in our four-post series on pedagogy.


Pedagogy is the art and science of education.1 To me, this means that while there is a tremendous amount of science (data) to guide us as educators, in each individual classroom, pedagogy is also an art. Sometimes it’s a paint-by-number, and everything fits in its place.

Focus on Pedagogy: Assessing Writing

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 14:39 -- Emily Johnson

This week continues our four-post series on pedagogy with an examination of how to assess ‘College Ready’ writing.


What Does ‘College Ready’ Writing Really Look Like?

The term ‘College Ready’ is used frequently, and it is often taken for granted that the audience knows what it means. However, we have seen that there are many different understandings of what ‘College Ready’ means.

Career Readiness: What is it really?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:36 -- Emily Johnson

In many discussions of readiness, the focus is often on college readiness. However, the CRAfT team believes that career readiness is just as critical. We have been intentional about including career readiness in our plans, resources, and publicity because 1. Nearly every student will enter the workforce at some time in their life and 2. The skills students need to succeed in career are the same as those needed to succeed in college.


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