College Readiness

How we’re preparing students for college

Our college readiness interventions are focused in three areas: pipeline model analysis, high school EDGE modules, and K–12 instructional technologies. Learn more about what we’re working on in each area.

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Our high school to college pipeline initiative

Current work: Developing plans during summer 2021 for data exchange and initial analyses

IU is working with four partner school districts—School City of East Chicago, Elkhart Community Schools, Madison Consolidated Schools, and Monroe County Community School Corporation—to develop a pipeline analysis that tracks students through K–12, into postsecondary education, and into the Indiana workforce. After using the pipeline analysis to identify “leakages,” project participants will conduct additional research to better understand the situation and identify strategies to increase student persistence and attainment. IU will work with the districts to design, implement, and assess interventions. The lessons gained from assessment will aid continuous improvement.

High school’s not too early to think about a career path

Implementing a concierge model for career services that starts in high school and goes throughout college allows educators to better assist students with developing career plans and learning how to network.

As part of Charting the Future, we’re working with our K–12 partners to support their efforts to build preliminary career planning and thought into high school completion and college-going pathways. To that end, we’re adapting several existing IU Career EDGE modules for use with high school partners in improving career and college readiness among targeted groups of traditionally under-served students (e.g., 21st Century Scholar candidates, low-income, rural origin, and students of color).

Learn how else we use EDGE modules

Leveraging existing projects to support virtual instruction

Charting the Future intersects neatly with other projects already in process to provide virtual instruction support at Indiana University. Among those are a GEER grant and resources developed for educators at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Identifying bottlenecks

The state of Indiana’s Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund provides support to local educational agencies and higher education institutions, focusing on developing and improving the availability of remote learning techniques and technologies.

Charting the Future connects closely to the recent award of a GEER grant to Indiana University. Activities through that grant focus on creating professional development for educators and parents primarily related to teaching and learning through virtual instruction. Working closely with GEER project staff, we will identify bottlenecks to learning, pathways around or through those bottlenecks, and how virtual instruction modalities can lead students down those pathways. This will help teachers focus on essential learning outcomes of the class and how to help students obtain those outcomes, subsequently retaining them in the pipeline.

Providing resources

When IU shut its doors to in-person teaching and learning in March 2020, faculty were faced with adapting their courses to online instruction without notice. To help, IU developed Keep Teaching, a site with resources and information about virtual learning. Charting the Future will adapt this information for use in high schools.