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Ramp Up to Readiness: Should College Be the Goal for Every Student?

For decades, the United States led the world in the percentage of its citizens who earned a college degree. In recent years, however, American college completion rates have remained relatively flat, while those of other nations have risen dramatically. As a result, while the United States ranks first among developed nations in the percentage of 55- to 64-year-olds who have graduated from college, our nation ranks fourth among 35- to 44-year-olds and 10th among 25- to 34-year-olds.

How should we respond to this downward trend? Some argue that the United States should make college the goal for every student in America's elementary and secondary schools. Others counter that emphasizing college for all will divert many students from preparing for careers that do not require a college degree. This tension is heating up in battles at the national, state, and local levels.

On March 1, in this 10th anniversary year of No Child Left Behind, join Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota College Readiness Consortium, as he provides an overview of these issues and suggests a way forward for Minnesota.


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