Posted on 04/08/2016 at 11:00 AM by Liz Determan
“Predictors of Postsecondary Success” (Postsecondary)
College & Career Readiness & Success Center, American Institutes for Research
Vanessa Hein and Becky Smerdon, Quill Research Associates, LLC, and Megan Sambolt, American Institutes for Research committed to “summarizing early childhood through early postsecondary education research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success” (pg. 1). They looked at a broad range of benchmarks using three categories: indicators, predictors, and other potential factors. After a review of this report, I felt that it would be helpful to share what they found in the research they reviewed that covered PK through 16 (including the first two years of postsecondary education).
Below is a brief summary of what they found. This month our focus will be on postsecondary indicators and predictors.
While there were no surprises, it acts as a good reminder that there are a number of students in our districts who are missing some of the significant attributes, academically and/or personally, who may struggle at achieving the competencies needed to be college and career ready. I believe we need to develop a long-range plan to address the needs of these students because we need each and every student leaving our districts to be equipped to persist through postsecondary education and training, whatever that may look like, and enter the workforce with the personal and professional attributes that will help them live successful lives.
|Age/Grade Span||Indicators||Predictors||Other Potential Factors|
|Postsecondary (Years 1-2 at both 2- and 4-year institutions):||
Completion of mathematics,
ELA gateway courses and
career exploration course
15 credits per semester
Passing general education
remediation within the first
2 years of college
Enrollment in a baccalaureate
Immediate enrollment after
high school graduation
Working less than 15 hours
Participation in extracurricular
activities; high educational
expectations for self
Participation in college and
“None of the indicators, predictors, or other potential factors are intended to be used independently; rather, they are potentially valuable components of a comprehensive data-informed decision process designed to improve postsecondary success for all students.” (pg. 2)