From School Library Journal
For a number of years, Conley has been researching the problem so many students face once they are at their chosen school of higher education: that they are totally unprepared for the academic demands of their institutions. He recounts the preparation or lack thereof during the high school years of three college-bound students and makes it clear that there is a difference between college-eligible and college-ready. He lays out chapter by chapter what is wrong and how it can be remedied. Conley's findings include the fact that many of these students are first-generation college-bound so their parents don't know how to help them, and, due to budget cuts, many high schools don't have guidance counselors who can help teens plan their classes in proper preparation for college. Conley sees this problem being alleviated by strict course of study planning and by educated community volunteers who have the experience and vision to help teens wanting a higher education. This valuable book belongs in every high school library.–Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ
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The main audience for this book will be academics and educators, but parents concerned about their college-bound teens will find out a few surprising things that may help them help their kids. Conley, a professor at the University of Oregon, spent three years researching the degree to which secondary schools prepare students for higher education. His results, published in a report called "Understanding University Success," which was distributed to every high school in the U.S., reveal that many students lack the higher-level thinking and technical skills that ensure a smooth transition to a postsecondary environment. How can educators address the disconnection? How can students prepare themselves in the meantime? Without straying too far into the language of academia, Conley addresses both questions, examining the current structure of our educational system, then providing work samples and detailed, subject-specific checklists to demonstrate the level of challenge college-bound students can expect. It's eye-opening, to be sure, and may leave some teens longing for the comforts of high-school routine. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved