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					“Girls, when I was growing up, my parents
used to say to me, „Tom, finish your dinner
-- people in China and India are starving.‟
My advice to you is: Girls, finish your
homework -- people in China and India are
starving for your jobs.”

                               Tom Friedman
                     to his teenage daughters
  College Readiness
           National Efforts, State Efforts
                         &
                    The Role of
          Maine’s Colleges and Universities

Fall Retreat 2006    Maine Higher Education Council
 Why is Readiness Important?
 Unprepared students
 Remediation costs millions of dollars
 World is becoming “flat” and US students
  are losing ground to their peers around
  the world
 Increasing pressure from USDOE, MDOE,
  and Legislature for HE to be “accountable”
  and “transparent”
 Remediation hurts Retention

Fall Retreat 2006   Maine Higher Education Council
               Post-Secondary Education

    6 Year Graduation Rates

                                     60
                                     50               56
                                     40
        % Students 30                                                      34
                                     20
                                                                                                  18
                                     10
                                        0
                                                      0                     1                3 or >
                                                # Remedial Courses




    Source: Kirst, M. (2004). The high school/college disconnect. Educational Leadership, 62(3), 51-55.
Fall Retreat 2006                             Maine Higher Education Council
                     “Readiness” Efforts
                    At the National Level
    Stanford University’s Bridge Project
    USDOE Commission on the Future of Higher
     Education
    $24 million National Governor’s Association
     (NGA) Grant
    Achieve/American Diploma Project (ADP)
    College Ready New England -- NEBHE
    Data Quality Campaign
    Examples of model states

Fall Retreat 2006         Maine Higher Education Council
                        Stanford University’s
                           Bridge Project
        Led by Michael Kirst, leading researcher at
         Stanford
        6-year study to analyze high school exit/college
         entrance policies
        Strongly advocate:
              1. Align exit standards/assessments with college placement
                 exams
              2. Longitudinal K-16 data
              3. Colleges publicize their academic standards
              4. P – 16 governance structure
        Education policy makers rely heavily on their
         findings and recommendations

    Fall Retreat 2006            Maine Higher Education Council
  USDOE Commission on the Future
       of Higher Education
 Formed in 2005
 Series of public hearings and issue papers
 Final Report released in September
 Secretary Spellings priorities include:
      – Preparing students better for college
      – Addressing the affordability issue
      – Holding colleges “accountable” for student
        records and outcome data

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                    NGA Grant

 $24 million dollars to improve high
  school and college-ready graduation
  rates in 26 states
 Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates
  Foundation
 Maine receives $1.9 million

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                          NGA Grant
 All         recipient states agree to:
      – Set 10-year performance goals for improving the high school
        graduation and college readiness rates (disaggregated by
        student race/ethnicity and family income), and publicly report
        the goals along with baseline and improvement data.
      – Commit to adopting a longitudinal, 4-year cohort high school
        graduation measure that tracks individual students and permits
        valid comparisons among states.
      – Commit to actively participate in the National Education Data
        Partnership initiative.
      – Create and execute a communications plan to build and sustain
        public will for high school redesign.
      – Demonstrate an on-going commitment to an aligned governance
        structure for P-16 education.

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                    Achieve/ADP
    Achieve is a non-profit started by Governors and
     business leaders in 1996
    Goal is to “help states raise standards to prepare
     all young people for postsecondary”
    Achieve created the American Diploma Project
    The ADP Network is 26 States, including Maine
    Network states have committed to four policy
     actions to better prepare students for college,
     career, and citizenship

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                    Achieve/ADP Goals
1.       Align high school standards and assessments with the
         knowledge and skills required for success after high
         school.
2.       Require all students to take challenging courses that
         actually prepare them for life after high school.
3.       Streamline the assessment system so that the tests
         students take in high school also can serve as
         admissions, placement and hiring tests for college and
         work.
4.       Hold high schools accountable for graduating students
         who are ready for college and careers, and hold
         postsecondary institutions accountable for students’
         success once enrolled.


Fall Retreat 2006         Maine Higher Education Council
        College Ready New England
        An initiative of the New England Board of
         Higher Education (NEBHE)
        Specific goals:
      1. Increase # of high school graduates
      2. Increase # of high school graduates who are
         prepared for college or career success
      3. Increase the # of learners enrolling in college, both
         two- and four-year
      4. Increase the # of college graduates, both two- and
         four-year

Fall Retreat 2006       Maine Higher Education Council
              The Data Quality Campaign
 Last year, 10 national organizations joined
  to form the Data Quality Campaign
 Goal is to support states in their efforts to
  build and use linked data systems
 Help states address political, financial,
  technical issues
 Believe data supports critical feedback
  loop to high schools, state, and others

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                    Examples of Model States
 CA and IN have already aligned high
  school standards with postsecondary and
  workplace expectations
 TX, LA, and FL have longitudinal P-16 data
  systems in place
 One state, Oklahoma, holds its high
  schools accountable for the percentage of
  graduates who require remediation

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         Other states are providing reports
           on student success in college

Some examples:
   Oregon’s Freshman Profile Report is sent to every high school
    principal and counselor. The report:
     – Describes the performance of each school‟s graduates on college-
        entry requirements, performance in the first year of college and
        persistence to second year.
     – Allows educators and the public to compare two years of data for
        students from any high school in the state.
   Louisiana provides annual reports on each high school‟s graduates
    in the first year of college. It also is developing an early warning
    system that will signal when middle and high school students need
    intensive “catch-up” support.

Fall Retreat 2006          Maine Higher Education Council
                    What’s Going On
                      In Maine?
 DOE
 UMS
 MCCS  Early College for ME
 Maine Compact for Higher Education
 Mitchell Institute/Maine Great Schools
  Project
 MELMAC
Fall Retreat 2006      Maine Higher Education Council
What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)

    DOE
      – Revised Maine Learning Results
                   Convened Postsecondary Ed Task Force for input
                   Content areas proposed in September
                   These revisions reflect UMS “college ready” expectations
                   Core curriculum bill to legislature in January
                   English and Math requirements fully implemented 2010
      – Participates as an Achieve/ADP state
      – Will be hosting Early College information on website
      – Fiscal agent for $1.9 million in NGA grant to support
        “readiness”

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What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)
                           NGA Grant
 Maine is one of 10 states awarded Phase One
  Honor States High School Grants
 $ 1.9 million, administered by MDOE
 Specifically, Maine is using the money to fund:
      –    Maine Compact Readiness Campaign ($725K)
      –    Early College -- ACE ($500K)
      –    Early College for ME – MCCS ($150)
      –    Early College distance education – UM Academ-e ($ )
      –    Readiness communities
      –    High school curriculum reform - DOE

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What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)
    UMS
      – The 7 UMS campuses have agreed on what comprises an
        optimal, college-ready high school transcript.
                   4   years   English
                   4   years   math
                   3   years   history and social science
                   3   years   lab science, including biology, chemistry, and physics
                   2   years   foreign language
      –    These recommendations influenced the proposed MLR
      –    Participating in Early College
      –    College Ready spot on their web site
      –    Pathways to Writing Proposal
      –    MELMAC Project on Math
      –    Promoting HS to College Conversations


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What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)

    MCCS Early College for ME
      – Offered in 74 high schools; 1400 participants
      – Combines advising, Early College courses in
        high school, and scholarships
      – 100% start rate once awarded a scholarship
      – 71% of students enrolled in ’03 and ’04 are
        still enrolled, graduated, or have transferred
        to a 4-year college


Fall Retreat 2006     Maine Higher Education Council
What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)

    Maine Compact Readiness Campaign
      – TV/Internet campaign called “KickStart”
        targeted at 8th graders
      – 50 community partnerships to ensure high
        schools are graduating students “ready”
      – Statewide partnership of 15+ “stakeholders”
        to coordinate efforts and sustain momentum



Fall Retreat 2006    Maine Higher Education Council
What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)

    Maine Great Schools Project
      – High School reform initiative
      – Works with individual schools
      – Funded by Gates/NGA and housed at the
        Mitchell Institute
      – Administers the ACE Program (Early College)
      – Wants to expand Early College statewide



Fall Retreat 2006    Maine Higher Education Council
What’s Going on in Maine (cont.)

        MELMAC Education Foundation
Grants to high schools and communities
Connect Aspirations to a Plan
   1. Targets middle and high school students
   2. Goal to increase college enrollment
Supporting Early Success in College
   1. Targets first year Maine college age students < 25
   2. Goal to increase retention and graduation rates

                    Results: Increased enrollment

Fall Retreat 2006         Maine Higher Education Council
                     In Conclusion…
 Much going on nationally, especially
  research, policy setting, and money
 Much going on in Maine, especially high
  school curriculum reform, changing
  expectations through the media, early
  college programs, and the start of K-
  12/postsecondary discussions
 Many recommendations for higher
  education’s role have come about as a result
 Fall Retreat 2006      Maine Higher Education Council
     Recommendations for Higher Ed
1.       Support high school reform
2.       Align high school graduation requirements and exit
         exams with college placement tests
3.       Communicate
4.       Link data systems between K-12 and postsecondary
5.       Expand Early College
6.       Lobby legislature
7.       Connect Governance Structures/Establish P-16
         Councils

     Fall Retreat 2006   Maine Higher Education Council
                     Next Steps
1.     Consider the recommendations and related
       action items
2.     Determine which are appropriate for MHEC
3.     Brainstorm additional ideas
4.     Narrow the focus to short-term & long-
       term goals
5.     Prioritize
6.     Establish MHEC’s 2006-07 Agenda

 Fall Retreat 2006   Maine Higher Education Council
  Maine Graduation Requirements
                  Current Maine         Proposed             Indiana
Subject                                                                   Nat’l. Average
                  Requirements        Requirements           Core 40

English                4                    4                   4             3.9
                                   4 (through at least     3-4 (through
Mathematics            2          Algebra II + 1 college      at least        2.7
                                   ready math course        Algebra II)
                                  4 (Biology, Chemistry,
Science                2             and Physics labs)
                                                                3             2.5
Social Studies
/US History            2                    4                   3             2.8
Foreign
Language               0                   2-4             Encouraged         N/A
Extra
Curricular (PE,        2                  3.5+                 3+             8.6
Art, Comp.)
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