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

Although more and more students have the test scores and transcripts to get into college, far too many are struggling once they get there. These students are surprised to find that college coursework demands so much more of them than high school. For the first time, they are asked to think deeply, write extensively, document assertions, solve non-routine problems, apply concepts, and accept unvarnished critiques of their work. College Knowledge confronts this problem by looking at the disconnect between what high schools do and what colleges expect and proposes a solution by identifying what students need to know and be able to do in order to succeed. The book is based on an extensive three-year project sponsored by the Association of American Universities in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts. This landmark research identified what it takes to succeed in entry-level university courses. Based on the project's findings - and interviews with students, faculty, and staff - this groundbreaking book delineates the cognitive skills and subject area knowledge that college-bound students need to master in order to succeed in today's colleges and universities. These Standards for Success cover the major subject areas of English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, second languages, and the arts.

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By Michael (Arlington, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 08, 2013
Although this book provided statistical date on how to achieve in college, I will not consider this to be insightful. The book mainly informed people on what to expect in college but did not really give them any solutions on why should they attend. When I read the book title, I expected to read a... ...more
By Ed (Columbus, OH) · ★★★★☆ · August 14, 2011
When I began this book I didn't have really inspiring hopes for what I would learn. I had heard from others that it was dry and technical (are those mutually exclusive?). I came away thinking that this is my go to handbook for strategies that will help increase students college access. Mr. Conley... ...more
By Terry (Reno, NV) · August 09, 2011
In reading Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Conley's book is cited repeatedly. I'd hope to go to the source Schmoker finds so compelling.
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By Warda (Long Island City, NY) · ★★★★☆ · January 15, 2013
I was hoping this book would help inform our review of course offerings at our high school in the social studies department. Unfortunately, the requisite knowledge listed by the author as necessary for college success is just as broad and vague as our current understanding.
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By Fbenton (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · November 07, 2009
This is more of a textbook than a book you read and like. It is very useful for thinking about curriculum and for thinking about big picture school alignment. ...more
By Jennifer (Redwood City, CA) · ★★★★★ · July 26, 2012


I took LOTS of notes.
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By Charmayne (Canfield, OH) · ★★★★☆ · August 10, 2011
Great for teachers to read! ...more