Minnesotans weigh in on college readiness
With summer vacations ending, what do we expect of high school, for all those returning teenagers? If your answer would be to prepare for college, most Minnesotans would agree, according to a new survey sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council and the U of M’s College Readiness Consortium.
When 804 Minnesotans were asked if “the number one goal of high schools should be preparing almost all students to enter and succeed at some type of education after high school,” 89% agreed with that statement.
That finding could serve as a timely reminder for those returning high school students, on just why they are there. In addition, it “could become the basis for an array of interesting and potentially important policy proposals at the state level here in Minnesota,” noted Kent Pekel and Paul Cerkvenik in a recent Pioneer Press opinion column. Cerkvenik is president of the Minnesota Private College Council and Pekel was until recently the executive director the College Readiness Consortium at the U of M. Areas they flagged included funding for guidance programs.
College preparation may be seen as job number one, but of today’s ninth-grade students, half will not receive any post-high school education. When we shared that fact with the parents who were among our survey respondents and asked them to name the biggest obstacle keeping students from pursuing their education, a large majority (61%) cited financial concerns, from the high cost to limited family savings.
- Minnesotans are divided in their views about whether in the future a high school education alone will enable people to earn a decent living.
- Minnesotans think they know what high school students need to do to be ready for postsecondary education.
- Most parents intend to save for their children’s post-high school education.
The report, “Public opinion in Minnesota on college readiness,” is available here.