Although an increasing number of students are enrolling in postsecondary education, many are unprepared for the academic and behavioral demands of college. This is especially true among low-income students of color, immigrants, and first-generation students. Across the country, districts and schools are refining their strategies to ensure that all students have the competencies to enter, persist, and succeed in the right college for them.
Funded by the Gates Foundation, the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) initiative was designed to aid five urban sites across the country enhance their college-readiness efforts. The project was carried out by three partner organizations: the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. The goal of the CRIS initiative was to promote a more comprehensive and systematic approach to getting students ready for college by supporting not only their Academic Preparedness but also their College Knowledge and Academic Tenacity. This presentation will discuss the theoretical foundation and key elements of the CRIS project, and discuss lessons learned from the implementation process based on qualitative data collected over three years.