Hobsons and Achieving the Dream will bring leaders from community colleges, four-year institutions, and K-12 institutions as well as workforce development and industry partners, together to develop strategies to ensure that students stay on track throughout their academic journey and achieve their postsecondary and career goals.
In our work on behalf of students, it is common to see a focus on first-generation college students. However, at Hobsons we are about helping all students finish what they start, regardless of whether their journey is through one institution or multiple institutions. Transfer students make up a large, and growing, student population that requires careful attention.
We know that today’s colleges and universities are committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world. But as the national conversation about student success evolves, it’s time to ask if students should be the only ones to shoulder the burden of readiness.
Many states and districts use Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), personalized plans developed collaboratively by students and school personnel, to set goals that help students focus on their academic and career futures and keep them on track toward these goals.
President Obama signed into law a bi-partisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Something interesting happened along the way. The term “college and career readiness,” a popular topic in the past eight years and part of earlier reauthorization bill drafts, was scrubbed as an objective of the law. So what happened?