College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready 1st Edition

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Parents, and teachers, as well as students who wish to maximize their chance for success when they walk onto a university setting, will want to look at this book. (RoundTableReviews, 05/01/08)

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Praise for College Knowledge Featuring an Updated Introduction for this paperback edition

"This is not a book of platitudes and generalities. Instead it offers a wealth of intelligent, specific ideas on how to improve American education for all students. And while educators will find the book enlightening, parents and high school students will be interested to learn what a genuine 'college prep' program is, how many schools with good reputations fail to provide it, and what they can do to steer their own right course of study."
—Michael Riley, superintendent,Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Washington

"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 lays out chapter by chapter what is wrong and how it can be remedied . . . 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."
—School Library Journal

"The most comprehensive and detailed overview ever published on how to improve secondary school preparation and success for college. Research based insights, practices, and policies for all audiences trying to better connect secondary schools and colleges. Both K-12 and higher education must work together in fundamentally new ways to implement Conley's vision."
—Michael Krist, professor of education andbusiness administration, Stanford University

"Every high school should have a copy of this book on hand to help in designing a curriculum that ensures that all its students will be prepared for and experience success in college. College Knowledge provides a blueprint for what high school students should know and be able to do in order to be successful in college."
—Dawn P. Vaughn, president,American Association of School Librarians

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0787996750
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0787996758
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.93 x 1.26 x 9.21 inches
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Dr. David T. Conley is the founder, chief executive officer, and chief strategy officer of EPIC. Conley also serves as President of CCR Consulting LLC, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, and founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) at the University of Oregon. Dr. Conley serves on numerous technical and advisory panels, consults with educational agencies nationally and internationally, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional meetings of education professionals and policy makers. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the topic of college and career readiness.

Between 1993 and 1999, Conley developed and implemented the nation's first proficiency-based college admission system, PASS, which was adopted by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education for use in the seven campus Oregon University System. PASS was subsequently field tested at 52 Oregon high schools and continues to be used by students as a means to demonstrate college readiness.

In 2003, Dr. Conley completed Standards for Success, a groundbreaking three-year research project to identify the knowledge and skills necessary for college readiness. This project, funded by the Washington, D.C.-based Association of American Universities (AAU) and The Pew Charitable Trusts, analyzed course content at a range of American research universities to develop the Knowledge and Skills for University Success standards. In 2005, Dr. Conley published his research from this project in College Knowledge: What It Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready.

Since 1996, Dr. Conley has worked with federal and state governments, national education organizations, and foundations to conduct research on a range of educational policy issues. He has published the results of this research and other studies in numerous journal articles, technical reports, conference papers, book chapters, and books, including Who Governs Our Schools?, which analyzes changes in educational policy and governance structures at the federal, state, and local levels, and, in 2005, College Knowledge, which summarizes the results from Standards for Success and describes how to design high schools in ways that lead to more students being truly ready for college. Dr. Conley's most recent book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know, was published in Fall 2013 and is available for order today. Written with all educators in mind, but with an emphasis on those at the secondary level, this important resource shows how to develop programs that truly prepare students for both the Common Core assessments and for college and career readiness.

Dr. Conley received a BA with honors in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his master's degree in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education and his doctoral degree in Curriculum, Administration, and Supervision at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Oregon in 1989, he spent a total of 20 years in Colorado and California as a school-level and central office administrator in several districts, an executive in a state education department, and as a teacher in two public multicultural alternative schools.

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