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Friday, March 17, 2006

College and schools working together

Another great education partnership model, this one involving colleges, highlighted by NASSMC in their news briefs:

News Brief #3495 Category: Postsecondary Education
TITLE: “A Nevada County Shows That Schools and Colleges Can Work Together”

Schools and colleges in Washoe County, Nevada have stopped pointing the finger at each other for unprepared students and are instead collaborating on how to solve the problem.

The Education Collaborative includes 25 representatives from the county’s public schools, Truckee Meadows Community College, and the University of Nevada at Reno. Together, they work on ways to improve student achievement, keep kids in high school, and better prepare them for college.

The collaborative’s current focus is on improving math achievement. A recent public service announcement they developed for local television stations features Mark Fox, the university’s men’s basketball coach, who urges kids to stick with mathematics. Math is like basketball, Fox says, in that it’s “hard to take a year off and then be really good at it the next year.”

The county school district recently decided to adopt a more rigorous math curriculum. High school students will have to take a fourth year of math beginning with the class of 2009.

A collaborative-developed Web site ( attempts to draw kids in with fun math facts and educational games. Students can also take sample placement tests to determine whether they’re ready for college math.

“What we’re trying to encourage is that students take care of this remedial work before they get here,” said William Cathey, a vice provost at the university and president of the collaborative. Last year, 454 out of 2432 freshmen at the Reno campus had to take remedial math.

SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (School & College supplement), 10 March 2006 (p. B24)
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  • It is only through the commitment to work together that K-12/Higher Ed. can prepare students in this country to be productive citizens. As is pointed out, communication/collaboration is the only way. Often, students are put in the middle---if higher ed. could/would say, these are the things students must know to be prepared for college and if high sch. didn't need to be defensive, think what could be accomplished through sharing of curriculum and human resources. Why is this so difficult. If one looks at what is best for students--seems logical.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 PM  

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