From High School to College: Improving Opportunities for Success in Postsecondary Education

Edited by Michael Kirst, Andrea Venezia


Many high school graduates enter their first year of college and discover they are not adequately prepared to do the required coursework. What causes this disconnect between high school and college, and how can it be fixed?

From High School to College presents the findings of the Bridge Project, a national research study conducted by Stanford University and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Education.

The book’s contributors examine the fit between what high schools are doing to prepare students for college admissions and coursework, and what colleges consider when admitting and placing incoming freshmen.

Edited by Andrea Venezia, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, and Michael W. Kirst, this book also offers recommendations for bridging the gap between high school and college and for improving college admission and graduation rates.

The recommendations are based on interviews with teachers and counselors, surveys of students and parents, and a thorough examination of the policies and practices in several states.

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Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7062-8
Copyright: 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Praise for this Resource

  • “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
  • “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 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