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Ramsey pledges to help ensure high school grads' college readiness

by UofL Today last modified Sep 02, 2010 01:29 PM

University of Louisville President James Ramsey joined other Kentucky college and university presidents Sept. 1 to pledge to be full partners with the commonwealth in making sure that high school graduates are ready to enter college or career.

Ramsey pledges to help ensure high school grads' college readiness

President James Ramsey signs the pledge. Photo from Council on Postsecondary Education.

The presidents signed a resolution that is in line with Senate Bill 1, which the Kentucky General Assembly passed in 2009. The bill calls for P-12 and higher education systems to work more closely together to improve readiness levels required for students to succeed in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution.

"This is an important opportunity for UofL and Kentucky's postsecondary institutions to reaffirm our commitment to a seamless education system in Kentucky - getting students from their first kindergarten class to a college degree," Ramsey said.

Kentucky data shows that students who are prepared for college graduate college at twice the rate of those who are not prepared.

“As part of the mandates of 2009’s Senate Bill 1, the Kentucky Board of Education will adopt a new system of school and district accountability that puts great emphasis on college and career readiness,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “The resolution signed today confirms the commitment of the state’s higher education institutions to moving Kentucky forward and working as partners to improve our children’s futures."

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