Improving College Readiness and Completion Through Applied Information Technologies
Information technology has transformed the way we live, work, and play, and the power of IT will be a central component of U.S. efforts to improve college readiness and completion rates, particularly for those who need education most.
- Goal. NGLC seeks to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States, especially among low-income young adults.
- Vision. NGLC envisions an educational system that rigorously develops and scales breakthrough solutions to persistent educational barriers, resulting in significant improvement in college readiness and completion through the use of information technology.
- Information-technology focused. Effective learning technologies can enable sound pedagogies and processes. The initiative seeks to identify ways that proven and emerging technology-enabled solutions can scale improvements in college readiness and completion.
- Student success. The initiative emphasizes higher-quality learning experiences to facilitate greater students success.
- Proof-of-concept and early scale. The initiative seeks to identify solutions displaying early promise and move them from "islands of innovation" to proof-of-concept and greater scale.
- Secondary and postsecondary. The initiative is focused on young adults, spanning secondary and postsecondary education (grades 9-16). Although the institutional context and age of the learners differ, the problems facing students and educators are similar. NGLC addresses college readiness and completion as a continuum of interrelated issues.
This initiative is only one of many that will be required to dramatically improve college readiness and completion. Other important improvement efforts are under way, such as those in policy, measurement and accountability, and financial aid. There are other critical periods in education, such as grade school and early learning, and other important populations, such as adult learners. No single initiative, however, can address all ages and approaches. The hope is that NGLC's efforts, combined with those of others, will increase the educational attainment level of the United States.
NGLC was founded by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Click here to learn more about Next Generation Learning Challenges.