After Admission

Session III
College Readiness: Cognitive
College Readiness: Cognitive
• What we already know:
– All students need cognitive skills (reading, writing,
mathematics) to succeed in college.
• Where we are struggling:
– How do we build better students?
– What changes to the current educational system can be
implemented to increase the percentage of students who
graduate high school academically prepared for college?
• Based on the criteria of having a 65% probability of earning a B- in
first-year courses, a college readiness benchmark of 1550 was
obtained for the SAT. An SAT score of 1550 translates to only 45.7
percent of the 2009 College Bound Seniors cohort being college
ready (Wiley, Wyatt, & Camara, 2010).
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Dr. A. Wade Boykin
Going Broader and Deeper in Understanding How to Close the
Achievement Gap(s)
• Professor; Director of the graduate program in the
Department of Psychology at Howard University. Executive
Director of the Capstone Institute for School Reform at Howard.
• Research interests include research methodology; the
interface of culture, context, motivation, and cognition;
Black child development; and academic achievement in the
American social context.
Currently completing book: Promoting High Achievement for All
Children: Evidence-Based Programs, Practices and Procedures.
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Dr. Phillip J. Bowman
Understanding and Improving the Efficacy of Pipeline
Interventions: A Comprehensive Social Psychological Approach
• Founding Director of the National Center for Institutional
Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan; Professor in
the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary
• Research interests include cultural diversity issues in
research methodology, higher education, and pressing
public policy challenges, including health disparities, urban
poverty, family distress, joblessness, and affirmative action.
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Dr. James E. Rosenbaum
Building better students by building better college procedures: How
community colleges could better convey incentives for school effort
• Professor of sociology, education and social policy at
Northwestern University
• One of his areas of research concerns the high school to
work transition and linkages among students, schools, and
• His books include:
– Crossing the Class and Color Lines (2000)
– Beyond College for All (2001)
– After Admission: From College Access to College Success (2006)
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Dr. Neal Schmitt
Combining Cognitive and Non-cognitive Measures: Expanding
the Domain of College Performance and its Prediction
• University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and
Management at Michigan State University
• APA President of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement &
Statistics) and a Fellow of Divisions 5 and 14 for APA and
the Association for Psychological Science
• Research interests include personnel and selection and
academic admissions
– His recent research on academic admissions has focused on
developing procedures to assess college students’ ability and
motivation in noncognitive domains that might predict their success in
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College Readiness: Cognitive
• Speakers are scheduled to talk for 30-40 minutes
• After each speaker, we will have 10-20 minutes for
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