"From High School to College reports on research findings that are changing the national policy conversation about higher education accessibility and quality. Michael Kirst, Andrea Venezia and their colleagues examine the disjunctures between schools and colleges and the corrosive consequences for student learning and educational attainment. This study offers a critical examination of current policies and practices and a challenging but achievable agenda for change."
Patrick Callan, President, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
"This book offers valuable insights for those contemplating or engaged in K 16 reform. The strategies for aligning higher education and secondary schools have proven successful in bringing about positive outcomes in the six project states. The compendium of research findings from multiple projects provides relevant and proven data that will assist others in designing and implementing successful K 16 reforms."
Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director, National Association of Secondary School Principals
"Using six years of national research and a focus on the colleges that serve 80% of all undergraduates, this talented group of scholars informs and propels us to take action on the policies, perceptions, and practices of college admissions, college course placement, and state–level policies. This book is required reading for policymakers, practitioners, and scholars concerned with improving college access, college retention, and educational efficacy."
Patricia M. McDonough, associate professor, Higher Education & Organizational Change, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles
"This impressively researched and readable volume is a singularly important and timely contribution to understanding the growing significance of efforts to bridge the chasm that exists between K 12 and postsecondary education. It is a must read for all concerned with the development of more coherent and effective educational policy."
Michael D. Usdan, senior fellow, The Institute for Educational Leadership
1. Bridging the Great Divide: How the K 12 and Postsecondary Split Hurts Students, and What Can Be Done About It (Michael W. Kirst, Kathy Reeves Bracco).
2. Working Toward K 16 Coherence in California (Anthony Lising Antonio, Samuel H. Bersola).
3. K 16 Turmoil in Texas (Andrea Venezia).
4. Roadblocks to Effective K 16 Reform in Illinois (Betty Merchant).
5. Oregon s K 16 Reforms: A Blueprint for Change? (Andrea Conklin Bueschel, Andrea Venezia).
6. Georgia s P 16 Reforms and the Promise of a Seamless System (Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Lisa M. Jones, James C. Hearn).
7. K 16 Reform in Maryland: The First Steps (Heinrich Mintrop, Toby H. Milton, Frank A. Schmidtlein, Ann Merck MacLellan).
8. The Missing Link: The Role of Community Colleges in the Transition Between High School and College (Andrea Conklin Bueschel).
9. What Have We Learned, and Where Do We Go Next? (Michael W. Kirst, Andrea Venezia, Anthony Lising Antonio).
Appendix A: Research Design and Methodology.
Appendix B: RAND Data.
Andrea Venezia is Senior Policy Consultant and Project Director at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Prior to joining the National Center, she directed K 16 projects in the Stanford Institute for Higher Education, including the Bridge Project.