The NGLC initiative is led by EDUCAUSE, in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Improving College Readiness and Completion Through Applied Information Technologies
The high school graduation rate in the United States is just over 70%, and, for African American, Hispanic, and low-income students, the rate hovers at slightly more than 50%. Of those who do graduate from high school, only half are prepared to succeed in college. For those who enroll in postsecondary education, only about half will actually earn a degree or a certification, with as few as one quarter of low-income students completing a degree. We face these challenges in college readiness and completion in the midst of the worst economic crisis in decades. Once first in the world in educational attainment, the United States is now just 10th and continues to be passed by other nations, even as postsecondary education is increasingly critical to individual and family financial security, to a vibrant economy, and to an engaged and participatory society.
NGLC seeks to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States through the applied use of information technology.
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.
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.
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