This paper investigates the discrepancy between what states consider college and career readiness and what colleges and businesses expect from high school graduates. It explores the legislative history of education and defines the term "college and career readiness," along with its evaluation methods. The research breaks down the expectations of high school graduates from states, colleges, and businesses, identifies possible reasons for the misalignment, and analyzes its implications for colleges, businesses, and the country. The paper then proposes ways to align expectations better, including integrating career and technical education, improved professional development and study skills, and active learning techniques that can be applied in the classroom.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2024

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

Document Type